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With relatively few interventions between 2023 and 2033, we can have a huge impact on services. By 2040, the Rail Hub could create space for 6 million more journeys a year and shift the equivalent of 4,300 lorries a day from the roads.
The Rail Hub will support an extra £649 million of economic growth and investment annually by enabling faster and more frequent journeys across the Midlands and spreading easy access to HS2 services. These improvements will allow 1.6 million more people in the Midlands to reach its biggest towns and cities within an hour, bringing the east and west closer together.
This strategy can achieve 24 extra trains every hour, 12 in each direction, doubling the number of services and significantly improving journey times. Linking the Midlands’ primary economic centres and international gateways with regular direct services will transform East-West connectivity, supporting the growth of more than 100,000 planned new jobs.
Railway capacity must also meet demand from freight. Four of the UK’s five main freight routes pass through the Midlands. The Rail Hub would create space for an extra 36 freight paths a day, carrying £22 billion worth of goods every year.
annual economic benefit to the Midlands by 2037
shifted from road to rail each day under Midlands Rail Hub plans
Malcolm Holmes, Executive Director,
West Midlands Rail Executive