The £2.7 billion transport plan will improve transport across the East Midlands, as well as delivering thousands of highly-skilled jobs and new homes.
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Issuing the Notice to Proceed to the four Main Works Civils Contractors is the next significant step of Phase One of Britain’s HS2 project.
The £20 million investment accommodates Midlands Connect's desire to accelerate the planning and delivery of the Midlands Rail Hub as soon as possible.
Midlands Connect states that financial support for the Midlands Engine Rail project will result in a wide range of benefits, including maximising the impact of HS2.
The UK Prime Minister has confirmed that HS2 will go ahead, with construction for Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands set to begin in April 2020.
Midlands Connect will work with Birmingham Airport to improve rail and road access, including supporting the development of Midlands Engine Rail and HS2.
Sir John Peace has written to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, warning him that any delay or downgrade of High Speed Two (HS2) would be a betrayal of the Midlands and the North, and urging him to publish the Oakervee review in full as soon as possible.
A report by the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review into HS2 says it is important for the North and Midlands to take control of their high-speed rail network and that cancelling the project without viable alternatives will not deliver transformational benefits to the UK economy.
A technical analysis by Midlands Connect has revealed for the first time that HS2 would free up enough space on Britain’s existing railway network to improve rail services for 73 stations across the country.
Chair of Midlands Engine, Sir John Peace, has urged the UK's Prime Minister to give the Midlands the ‘long-overdue investment’ it deserves to boost productivity, social mobility and economic growth.
Taking over from Virgin, First Trenitalia will run services on the West Coast Main Line, with passengers set to benefit from more seats, extra services, simplified fares and station upgrades.
Women Inspiring Rail: A Q&A with Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail
For the latest instalment in Global Railway Review’s Women Inspiring Rail series, we spoke to Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), who tells us it is not just diversity among employees that needs to change, but the training frameworks too.
The Midlands Rail Hub has outlined plans of up to £2 billion for new and improved rail infrastructure, to be completed between 2024-2033.
Passengers will benefit from an 80 per cent increase in the number of morning peak seats into Nottingham, Lincoln and St Pancras.
The next 30 years will see new services and initiatives being implemented across the West Midlands region to ensure the rail network is of high quality, and the benefits HS2 offers are taken full advantage of.