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Midlands engine rail

Key projects

Midlands Rail Hub

Our flagship rail project; a package of improvements that will create space for faster, more frequent passenger services between the East and West Midlands.

Read more about the Midlands Rail Hub

Birmingham airport connectivity

Our plan to improve access to Birmingham Airport on the conventional network, with better connections from the south of England, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East.

Read more about Birmingham airport connectivity

Birmingham – Black Country – Shrewsbury

A proposal to boost line speed to 90 miles per hour by aligning two minor points railway corridor, as well as improvements around signalling on the line.

Read more about the Birmingham – Black Country – Shrewsbury project

Nottingham – Lincoln

Slow and infrequent rail services between Nottingham and Lincoln mean only a small proportion of journeys on this corridor are made by train. We're working on proposals to improve connectivity between cities.

Read more about the Nottingham – Lincoln project

Coventry – Leicester – Nottingham

Reinstating direct rail services between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham for the first time in two decades, creating over 2mil extra seats on the region’s rail network every year.

Read more about the Coventry – Leicester – Nottingham project

Derby – Stoke – Crewe

We are investigating the feasibility of doubling the frequency of services along this east west corridor, and cutting journey times.

Read more about the Derby – Stoke – Crewe project

Union Connectivity Review

Midlands Connect are highly supportive of Government's Union Connectivity Review, published in Winter 2021. We believe that improved transport connectivity could unlock the full potential of The Marches and East/Mid Wales. 

Read our strategic priorities for The Marches report