Decision details

West Midlands Rail Collaboration Agreement 2021

Decision Maker: Cabinet,

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet was provided with an update on changes to the West Midlands rail contract and sought approval to the Collaboration Agreement covering the new regional rail contract.


The report before Members set out the background to the proposal as well as the options which had been considered as set out in section 4 of the report. The preferred option (CA2) was being recommended because it maintained the WMRL’s current level of interest and influence in the new national rail contract for the West Midlands. CA2 also continued to bring in much needed DfT funding for use by the Rail Executive.

As CA2 was a progression of the existing agreement then the WMRL and member authorities would continue to enjoy the same franchise management powers as under CA1 and the same standing with national government. The strengthened CA2 allowed the Rail Executive to respond to situations in a more efficient and effective manner.

The new CA2 allowed WMRL to have a degree of oversight and involvement in the new West Midlands National Rail Contract that was expected to commence in September 2021. 


That it be agreed that the Council’s nominated member of the West Midlands Rail Limited Board votes in favour of the proposed Collaboration Agreement (CA2) as set out in Appendix A to the report.



Report author: Perry Wardle

Publication date: 16/07/2021

Date of decision: 15/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 15/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/07/2021

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