Pictured left to right – Alejandro Moreno; Stephen Haynes; Phil Hewitt; Francis Grass; Jean-Pierre Bertrand; and James Aspinall.
Earlier this week, Phil Hewitt (Transport for West Midlands Programme Director), James Aspinall (West Midland Combined Authority Head of Corporate Services) and Alejandro Moreno (Midland Metro Alliance Director) were delighted to welcome Francis Grass (CEO for Colas Rail Worldwide), Jean-Pierre Bertrand (CEO for Colas Rail UK) and Stephen Haynes (Deputy CEO for Colas Rail UK) to the Midland Metro Alliance offices in Birmingham.
The Colas Rail Executives were visiting to hear more about the exciting plans to extend the tram across the West Midlands.
Endorsing the alliance vision, Francis Grass said: “It is amazing to see how much the Midland Metro Alliance has achieved in such a small space of time in terms of bringing such an expert team together and advancing our plans. This is real testimony to everyone’s hard work, buying into the alliance goals, the willingness for to be flexible and work as a team.”
As well as providing an opportunity for MMA staff to meet with senior Colas Rail executives, the visit also provided a crucial opportunity to showcase the work that the MMA is doing.
Future plans and timescales for the tram extensions were also discussed and valuable input received towards creating an integrated Midland Metro system for the future.
Alejandro Moreno said: “The input from our partners at Colas Rail has been fantastic. It is extremely useful to be able to tap into this font of knowledge. All of our partners’ experience enables us to use both local and global best practice to give the West Midlands the transport system that it deserves.”
Colas Rail are the contracting partner within the Midland Metro Alliance which consists of nine partner organisations.
Alejandro added: “This visit demonstrates their strong commitment to the programme and we look forward to working with senior staff within all of the partner organisations within the MMA as we move towards the construction phase of the projects.”