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Rail Sector Deal: Three new Midlands pilots launched to help SMEs and share data

Rail Sector Deal: Three new Midlands pilots launched to help SMEs and share data

06.12.18: Given its position in the “heart of the rail industry,” the Midlands will play host to pilots on a new rail data platform, a scheme supporting high-potential SMEs, and a skills programme to stimulate apprenticeships. The DfT said the...

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

Coventry station £82m masterplan given the go-ahead by city council

21.11.18: Groundbreaking plans to transform Coventry city centre and Coventry station have been given the official green light from the city’s council. Coventry City Council announced it has granted permission for the £11.8m scheme to improve t...

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

19.11.18: HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. Early work...

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

05.11.18: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will this week consider a £43m government investment in 10 projects designed to tackle congestion in the region. In an announcement today, money from the Transforming Cities Fund would be used to...

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

Work begins on high-speed rail in Birmingham as Tories quarrel over HS2 future

02.10.18: Chris Grayling and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street marked the start of the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line in Birmingham, at the same time as Conservative ministers argued over HS2’s future at their party conference. The Transp...

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

27.09.18: Transport bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North (TfN) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commit to working together more closely to balancing the UK economy. Midlands Connect’s Maria Machancoses and TfN&r...

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

26.09.18: Station plans and artists impressions have been unveiled for new railway stations in Birmingham which will form part of the reopening of the Camp Hill Line. Stations in Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell are the first of several on the line which...

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21.09.18: Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman of EFL Championship team Aston Villa, Hollis will oversee the £4.4bn budget as the HS2 Growth Strat...

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

18.09.18: When it comes to investing in connectivity in the Midlands, what matters most is not whether we can afford to finance our ambitions but whether we can afford not to, writes Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect. At the start of July, I...

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