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

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

05 November 2018The 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 October 2018Chris 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 September 2018Transport 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 September 2018Station 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 September 2018Steve 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 September 2018When 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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