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09 March 2017

Midlands Connect Strategy launched

Midlands Connect Strategy: Powering the Midlands Engine outlines the region’s vision to become an engine for growth through investment in transport infrastructure for this generation and the next. 

Eighteen months ago Midlands Connect was formed with the task of researching and developing a strategy for improving transport connectivity across the Midlands to boost economic growth.  The Midlands Connect Strategy published today proposes a 25 year programme of investment in strategic road and rail improvements that will reduce congestion and improve journey times across the Midlands.

The strategy has the potential to boost the Midlands economy by £5 billion and contribute to the Midlands Engine target of creating 300,000 new jobs in the region. If fully implemented, the strategy will help to un-block transport bottlenecks, increase productivity and prosperity, create job opportunities and improve the quality of life for those living, working and investing in the Midlands. 

The strategy is available via here.

https://www.midlandsconnect.uk/latest-news/transport-strategy-launched-to-power-the-midlands-engine/

 

Key Components of the Midlands Connect Strategy in D2N2

Existing Commitments

  • Midland Mainline upgrade and electrification
  • M1 (J19-23a) Smart Motorway
  • Newark Northern bypass (A46)

HS2

  • Developing plans for HS2 Released Capacity
  • Ensuring Access to Toton and East Midlands Airport – A52 multi-modal study

Early Priorities

  • Improved services between Birmingham and Nottingham
  • Business case development for improvements between Derby and Stoke
  • Midlands Rail Hub
  • Major Road Network Development
  • Midlands Motorway Hub
  • Active role in technology and smart ticketing
  • A50 Upgrade - Uttoxeter

Longer Term Interventions

  • A46 – further corridor development
  • Further upgrades to A50, A42 and A38
  • Further support for access to Felixstowe
  • Trials for connected passenger and freight autonomous vehicles
  • Improved direct rail connections from East Midlands to the Thames Valley 

D2N2 Regional Briefing March 17

Key Components of the Midlands Connect Strategy in Leicester and Leicestershire

Existing Commitments

  • Increased rail capacity between Coventry and Nuneaton
  • Midland Mainline upgrade and electrification
  • M1 (J19-23a) Smart Motorway

HS2

  • Developing plans for HS2 Released Capacity
  • Integration between existing rail and HS2 in the Toton area
  • Ensuring Access to Toton – A42 multi-modal study

Early Priorities

  • Development of enhanced business case for rail between Leamington and Leicester
  • Development of the A46 corridor – initial work between M40 and Syston
  • Midlands Rail Hub
  • Major Road Network Development
  • Midlands Motorway Hub
  • Active role in technology and smart ticketing
  • Development of the A5 Corridor from A38 to M1

Longer Term Interventions

  • A46 – further corridor development
  • Further support for access to Felixstowe
  • Trials for connected passenger and freight autonomous vehicles
  • Improved direct rail connections from East Midlands to the Thames Valley

LLEP RegionalBriefing March 17

Key Components of the Midlands Connect Strategy in Greater Lincolnshire

Existing Commitments

  • Midland Mainline upgrade and electrification
  • M1 (J19-23a) Smart Motorway
  • Newark Northern bypass (A46)
  • Lincoln Eastern Bypass

HS2

  • Developing plans for HS2 Released Capacity
  • Ensuring Access to Toton and East Midlands Airport – A52 multi- modal study

Early Priorities

  • Improved services on the Birmingham – Nottingham – Lincoln route
  • Midlands Rail Hub
  • Major Road Network Development
  • Midlands Motorway Hub
  • Active role in technology and smart ticketing

Longer Term Interventions

  • A46 – further corridor development
  • Upgrade of the A1(M)
  • Further improvement Birmingham - Nottingham - Lincoln rail services, with associated infrastructure upgrades
  • Business case development for A15 expressway
  • Further support for access to Felixstowe and the Humber Ports
  • Trials for connected passenger and freight autonomous vehicles
  • Improved direct rail connections from East Midlands to the Thames Valley

GLLEP RegionalBriefing March17 (002) 

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