Thursday 22 June 2017

Midlands Connect

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The Midlands Connect Partnership was formed in 2014.  It is a collaboration of 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships, Network Rail, Highways England, central government, 26 local authorities and the business community.

The Midlands Connect Partnership is underpinned by two main principles:

Investing in the "One Voice" approach to ensure the Midlands reaches a unified position on strategic transport investment.

An evidenced approach focused on clearly articulating the transport needs, opportunities and investment priorities in the region.

MC Transport Strategy Brochure Digital  

Midlands Connect Strategic Board

Board members MC Nominations for Strategic Board Appendix 101215

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Further information on Midlands Connect is available from EMC’s Director of Policy & Infrastructure andrew.pritchard@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Midlands Connect website launched

Midlands Connect, the partnership tasked with developing a transport blueprint to unlock economic growth across the region, has launched its own dedicated website.

The site - www.midlandsconnect.uk – offers all the latest news from the partnership as well as background information, research studies and other useful documents.

The website explains why 28 local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships from across the East and West Midlands have come together to speak with one voice on the need for better transport links and work with Network Rail, Highways England, HS2 ltd and the Department for Transport, as an associate member of the partnership, as they develop the strategy

The partnership is currently in the process of identifying the major road and rail schemes needed to support the region’s economy and help power the Government’s vision of a ‘Midlands Engine for Growth’

The schemes will form the backbone of a transport strategy due to be published in March next year.

Andrew Cleaves, chairman of the Midlands Connect Steering Group, said: “A key part of the project is to gather and present the evidence for those transport schemes that can release untapped economic growth across our region.

“But it’s important that our case is heard loud and clear and this website will help us do that and show how the region is speaking with one voice on this crucial issue.

“With more news and content being added to the website all the time we hope the public, business community, media and other interested parties will find it a useful source of information.”

Mr Cleaves said the website explained how Midlands Connect was serving as the transport partnership for the Midlands Engine and how the emerging, long-term transport investment strategy would improve connectivity for the region.

The partnership believes improvements are badly needed to not only help release untapped growth across central England but to tackle the significant transport challenges that are already impacting on the competitiveness of both the Midlands and the wider UK economy.

Research has shown that speeding up journey times across the Midlands could boost the regional economy by more than £1billion a year, create an additional 300,000 jobs and save businesses nearly £500 million.

Highways England Delivery Plan 2016 - 2017

The delivery plan published last year set out the long term plans for the modernisation and renewal of our road network ove rthe 5 year period from 2015 - 2020.  Below is the first annual update which provides an overview of the progress made on the commitments in the plan and the work to be carried out in the coming year

Highways England Delivery Plan 2016 Final