Leicester is a principal beneficiary of the Midlands Rail Hub project, which aims to reinstate direct services between Leicester and Coventry, double the number of trains between Leicester and Birmingham via Nuneaton, and cut the journey time to Birmingham to 40 minutes. This would bring 211,000 more people in Leicestershire within an hour of Birmingham, and 161,000 more people within an hour of Coventry. If fully implemented, the Rail Hub will add 36 freight paths every day.
Midlands Connect is also making the case for direct, HS2 conventional-compatible trains, linking Leicester and Leeds via the new East Midlands Hub at Toton. This connection would reduce the journey time between the two cities from 105 minutes to just an hour and double the number of passengers making the journey.
As part of our A46 Corridor Study, we are developing options that will unlock up to 4,000 hectares of land for development south-east of Leicester and relieve congestion on the M69, M1 and the A46.
The A5 is a key freight route and an alternative to the M6. It is also driving major housing and employment growth, including the MIRA Enterprise and Technology Park, Phase 3 of DIRFT near Daventry and Magna Park in Lutterworth. However, congestion is a major problem and we are leading a study of the A5’s critical role to identify improvements with the greatest economic benefits.
East Midlands Airport is a major international gateway and economic asset, contributing over £250 million to the economy every year. The airport is the UK’s largest for air freight, handling 350,000 tonnes a year with ambitions to triple that to over 1 million tonnes by 2040.
There are also plans to improve rail services to East Midlands Parkway Station and bus links between the station and the airport. Over the longer term, Midlands Connect is working with TfEM and HS2 Ltd to develop an innovative public transport link to Toton.
Leader of Leicestershire County Council
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