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20 June 2017

Leicester City Mayor to Chair New Regional Transport Body

NEWS Release from Transport for the East Midlands (TfEM)

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby has been confirmed the first chair of ‘Transport for the East Midlands’ (TfEM). Cllr Richard Davies from Lincolnshire County Council is the Vice Chair.

TfEM brings together senior leaders from the region’s local transport authorities under the auspices of East Midlands Councils.   It will provide regional leadership on strategic transport issues for the East Midlands such as the future of the Midland Main Line, the A46 and HS2, develop and agree transport investment priorities, and provide collective input into the Midlands Connect initiative, the Department for Transport and its delivery bodies.

The first meeting of TfEM took place on the 16th June 2017 and considered the emerging transport strategy for serving the proposed East Midlands HS2 Hub Station at Toton, the Midlands Connect 3 Year Plan and the East Midlands Rail Franchise competition.

Chair of TfEM Sir Peter Soulsby said: 

“I am delighted to be taking on this important role. The establishment of TfEM will help us to make the most of the opportunities presented by Midlands Connect and key initiatives such as HS2 and the East Midlands Rail Franchise competition. Only by working more closely together can we hope to deliver the transport connectivity our businesses need and our communities deserve.”

Vice Chair of TfEM Cllr Richard Davies said:   

“We need to make sure transport works for all our communities - urban, rural and coastal, and to improve our strategic east-west links. TfEM provides the basis for better collaboration between transport authorities and an opportunity to shape transport investment and services to support economic growth more effectively.”  

TfEM Media Release June 2016

Notes to Editors

TfEM brings together elected representatives of the Local Transport Authorities from across the East Midlands:

  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottingham County Council
  • Rutland County Council  

Senior officials from the Department for Transport, Highways England and Network Rail will attend meetings as ex-officio members.

TfEM will meet on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will take place on the 12th September 2017.

East Midlands Councils is the consultative forum for local authorities in the region. It provides support to Councils to improve their services and is a strong voice for the East Midlands. 

EMC also provides the secretariat for TfEM


For further information please contact:

Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils

Tel: 01664 502620



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