Celebrations are taking place today to mark 175 years of the railways and rail industry in Derby
The Midlands are to benefit from over £6bn worth of rail improvements in the area.
Birmingham New Street is said to be the eighth busiest station with more than 31 million travellers.
The managing director of Bombardier UK says the company's workforce has been looking forward to celebrating 175 years of the railways in Derby. He says it is a particularly important milestone for the people who have worked there for more than 25 years.
A special event marking 175 years of the rail industry in Derby is being held at Bombardier's Litchurch Lane site today. Passenger services began in 1839. The city has a world-renowned reputation for making trains and is also home to Europe's largest amount of rail-related firms.
The Midlands will benefit from a £600 million transformation of Birmingham New Street as part of plans by Network Rail which begin today to improve rail services across the country.
The redevelopment aims to transform New Street in to one of Britain's flagship stations.
Birmingham New Street will see a new concourse which will be three and a half times bigger than at present and a large atrium will filter natural light throughout the station.
The station will also have links to the new Grand Central shopping centre which will provide over 40 new shops, including John Lewis, and 20 restaurants and cafes.
The approach to and from New Street will also be resignalled to provide a more reliable and efficient railway meaning fewer delays.