The Midlands Rail Hub is our flagship plan to future-proof the Midlands' rail network for generations to come and bring the East and West Midlands closer together. We're proposing 24 additional passenger trains per hour and 36 extra freight paths. The A46 is a nationally significant route, but it's not performing a national function. We're developing a long term strategy to upgrade the route, from Gloucestershire to Humberside.
We are working to secure fast and efficient local links to the new station and accelerate its delivery to bring forward growth. Growth and regeneration around HS2's dedicated stations in the Midlands is already happening, but how do we make sure "West midlands hook up" benefits are felt across the region?
Through our Midlands Rail Hub proposals, work to accelerate the East Midlands Hub at Toton and by making the most of conventional-compatible HS2 trains, we can maximise the benefits as far and wide as possible.
The British economy depends on a resilient, reliable Midlands Motorway Hub; but congestion is costing the region billions of pounds every year.
Our 10 recommendations to improve the Hub can get the region moving more quickly, unlocking jobs and housing. A region-wide move to smart ticketing can ensure we are putting the passenger first.
The technology needed to make it a reality is already transforming the way people pay for and gain access to public transport.
Working with partners to reach a pan-regional consensus on what should constitute the Midlands' MRN, we're preparing a year programme of scheme development and delivery so we're prepared with shovel-ready schemes when any extra government funding becomes available.
The A5 could become a crucial East-West corridor across the Midlands, supporting job and housing growth. Our initial study, focusing on the section between the M6 J12 and M1 J18, is due to be published infocusing on a series of transport improvements to accelerate growth "West midlands hook up" the corridor and the region.
The A50 and A offer essential links between the M1 in the east and M6 in the west, with major employers based along the corridor. We're carrying out a study of the economic benefits of potential improvements to determine the case for investment. Herefordshire Council has chosen a preferred route for the Hereford Bypass, which is being taken forward for further consultation and scheme development in Midlands Connect continues to support Herefordshire Council and The Marches LEP to develop the outline business case for the bypass, as well as West midlands hook up and maximising the wider economic benefits of the scheme by improving wider connectivity between the Midlands, the South West and
West midlands hook up. We're working with the Marches LEP to assist them and the Welsh Government with identifying their future connectivity needs and developing cross-border links to ensure existing and future demand can be met.
A strategy for connectivity between the Midlands and Mid-Wales will be published in springbuilding on a joint freight strategy launched in March Each of our priority projects focuses on developing better connectivity within these hubs, between the hubs and from the hubs towards neighbouring markets and international gateways, to support economic growth. This simple idea is the foundation on which our more detailed development work is now building.
Working together to deliver West midlands hook up landmark transport strategy for the Midlands. Midlands Connect Powering the Midlands Engine. A transformational transport strategy to grow the region's economy. Bringing the Midlands together with road and rail network improvements. Getting the Midlands ready for HS2. Making the most of its economic, social and regenerative potential. Enhancing the region's market access. Ensuring the Midlands thrives as an innovative centre of domestic and global trade.
Join The Journey Midlands Connect explores, develops and recommends transport projects which will provide the biggest possible economic and social benefits for the Midlands and the rest of the UK.
The fundamental aim of these improvements is to enable the Midlands' economies to work more effectively together by unlocking better east-west connectivity and transform access to regional and UK gateways like ports and airports. We published our landmark strategy in March with broad support from our partners, government and business, and we are now progressing the key programmes within it.
Overview Explore the map to discover what's happening in your area. Our partners Collaboration is the key. Black Country Chamber of Commerce. City of Wolverhampton Council. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. Shropshire Chamber of Commerce. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.