6 Apr

Midlands Connect new publication: Fairer, greener, stronger: Midlands Strategic Transport Plan

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Midlands Connect, the transport partner of the Midlands Engine, have published a plan for railways and roads for the next decade – speeding up nationally critical projects, getting spades into the ground and creating jobs, housing and growth throughout the Midlands. Every part of the region will benefit and this plan will help turbo-charge economic growth.

The overall ambition is to make the Midlands region fairer, greener and stronger.  The plan proposes: the right strategic infrastructure investments, how the decarbonisation of the transport system could be accelerated and a focus on the connectivity needs of local people and businesses.

The Plan:

The plan identifies requirements for major investment needed, from both the public and private sectors, in programmes for:

  • The strategic rail and road networks in the Midlands
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Alternative fuels for the freight sector
  • The specific needs of rural areas
  • Decarbonising our rail networks and
  • A smart ticketing solution for public transport passengers in the Midlands which would enable ‘tap and cap’ fares using a bank card similar to that of London

The plan lays out key challenges facing transport in the Midlands including, how the performance of networks is holding back economic growth and productivity, how levelling up and social exclusion can be combatted with improved accessibility for all and the environmental consequences of not decarbonising how we move. The plan sets out where the region can come together and work as one to tackle some of these challenges.

Midlands Connect has a clear directive from Government – to research, develop and recommend the most important transport investments – the projects needed to support a more productive, prosperous and sustainable Midlands. The plan has focused on what Midlands Connect believe to be the key projects for investment in the next 10-15 years on the road and rail networks:

The projects directly impacting Leicestershire are:

  • Coventry-Leicester-Nottingham direct rail services and journey time improvements
  • A46 improvements at Syston
  • M1 Leicester Western Access and North Leicestershire extra capacity improvements
  • Birmingham – Leicester rail journey time improvements

More information on the projects/priorities in this Strategic Transport Plan can be found in the detailed technical version of the plan, available via www.midlandsconnect.uk

If you would like to read how the LLEP plans to support the green economy you can do so here