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We examine every option for improving major transport infrastructure in our region. The fundamental aim of these improvements is to transform regional and UK gateways, bringing the Midlands closer together and accelerating cost-effective improvements to unlock east-west connectivity that will enable the Midlands’ economies to work more effectively together.
We published our landmark strategy in March 2017 with broad support from our partners, Government and business, and we are now progressing the key programmes within it.
This strategy is the basis of all the work we do. We progress the strategy’s individual projects through a pipeline which includes planning, delivery and review. At the planning stage, Midlands Connect develops the economic baseline for interventions. With the support of our partners, we then take projects forward to detailed assessment and then business case.
Midlands Connect will never recommend a project for funding and delivery unless we believe the benefits outweigh the costs. Although we won’t build anything ourselves, we will recommend projects for funding and help gain government commitment to deliver them. Once those projects become a reality, we will offer oversight and review their impacts before returning to and updating our long term strategy to take account of their contribution to the Midlands and UK transport networks.
Our approach is underpinned by a robust governance structure which provides leadership, accountability, expertise and oversight of the Midlands Connect programme.
With the right improvements to its roads and railways, we believe it can do even better.
A good transport network should enable economic growth, not constrain it.
With major road, rail and freight arteries passing through the Midlands, the success of the transport network isn’t only important to the prosperity of the region, it’s relied on by the whole country.
We’ve been asked to look at what can be done to relieve congestion and increase capacity and connectivity on the Midlands transport network.
Midlands Connect was established in October 2015 with one objective - to determine what transport infrastructure was needed to boost the region’s economy.
Our partnership is made up of 22 local authorities, nine Local Enterprise Partnerships, East Midlands and Birmingham airports, and chambers of commerce stretching from the Welsh border to the Lincolnshire coast. The partnership also includes the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Highways England and HS2 Ltd, who we work alongside to drive an unprecedented level of collaboration for the good of the Midlands and the UK.
This unrivalled civic and business leadership is best placed to understand the potential for economic growth in our area.
By speaking with one voice to improve connectivity, we can help the Midlands reach its potential.
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