Amanda White, former head of rail with Transport for Greater Manchester, has appointed to be West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE)’s new interim programme director, to work on the development of railway stations in the West Midlands.
She joins the WMRE at a time of intensive investment and development of the region’s network including the construction of five new stations in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Amanda’s career as a railway professional spans over 17 years, working at all levels of the UK industry. Since working with TfGM, she has been providing strategic rail advice for clients in the North of England. She brings valuable experience in both railway operations and infrastructure projects, particularly in the promotion of locally funded and delivered station schemes.
WMRE’s appointment of an interim rail programme director at comes at a time of major investment and expansion in the region’s railway stations and services. Key projects include five new railway stations, Willenhall, Darlaston, Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell, as well as the redevelopment of the University and Perry Barr stations in Birmingham.
With all station projects approaching the final stages of outline design, the WMRE team will focus on planning approval and taking the stations through to detailed design and construction.
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of WMRE said: “Amanda has an excellent track record of working collaboratively to shape and deliver improvements in rail.
“Her appointment as interim programme director supports WMRE’s ambition to deliver a rail infrastructure for the people of the West Midlands to be proud of.”