Rail company lights up Stratford landmark to highlight £1b investment

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The Jester statue in Henley Street, Stratford.

A STRATFORD landmark has been lit up by West Midlands Railway (WMR) to herald its £1bn investment for improved local connectivity in the region.

The Jester statue at the top of Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon was bathed in orange on Thursday night – the corporate brand colour of WMR.

Among the other regional landmarks put under the spotlight were Coventry’s Lady Godiva statue and Birmingham Library.

Since taking over the rail franchise in December 2017, West Midlands Trains, the company behind West Midlands Railway, has unveiled an investment package of £1 billion.

This includes £700 million investment in new and refurbished trains; £70 million into new and existing depots to improve train reliability; 20,000 extra seats for rush hour passengers in Birmingham and standing room for 50,000 more commuters in new, metro style carriages.