Midlands Connect Partnerships

Midlands Connect is a collaboration of local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, Network Rail, Highways England, central government and the business community working together to produce a transport strategy for the Midlands.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

The Black Country LEP

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wolverhampton City Council

Coventry & Warwickshire LEP

  • Coventry City Council
  • Warwickshire County Council

Worcestershire LEP

  • Worcestershire County Council

The Marches LEP

  • Telford and Wrekin Council
  • Herefordshire Council
  • Shropshire Council

Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire LEP

  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Stoke on Trent City Council


  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council

Leicester and Leicestershire LEP

  • Leicester City Council
  • Leicestershire County Council

Greater Lincolnshire LEP

  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council
  • North Lincolnshire Council

Government & National

  • Birmingham Airport
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Department for Transport
  • East Midlands Airport
  • Highways England
  • HS2
  • Network Rail


  • Midlands Connect Strategic Board
  • Partnership Advisory Board
  • Programme Steering Group
  • Technical Advisory Group
  • Project Team

Midlands Connect Partnership Governance Summary

Midlands Connect Strategic Board

  • Independent Chair
  • DfT Minister
  • 3 West Midlands LTA Leaders
  • 3 East Midlands LTA Leaders
  • 2 West Midlands LEP Chairs
  • 2 East Midlands LEP Chairs
  • HS2 Ltd
  • Network Rail (NR)
  • Highways England (HE)
  • Steering Group Chair

Strategic Board responsibilities

  1. Providing leadership and accountability to the Midlands Connect Partnership
  2. Financially accountable
  3. Maximise visibility of MC at national and international level
  4. Receive reports, papers and recommendations from the Steering Group
  5. This Board will meet three times a year

Partnership Advisory Board

  • All LTAs at member level
  • All LEP Chairs
  • Key Partners
    • DfT
    • Network Rail
    • Highways England
    • East Midlands Airport
    • Birmingham Airport
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • HS2 Ltd

Partnership Advisory Board responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic guidance to the Strategic Board and secure a single voice approach to the Midlands Connect Partnership
  2. Nominate representatives to sit on the Strategic Board and Programme Steering Group
  3. Screening wider environments ensuring alignment with other strategic agendas e.g. Midlands Engine
  4. This Board will receive papers and reports for information
  5. This Board will meet two times a year

Programme Steering Group

  • 2 West Midlands LTA Directors
  • 2 East Midlands LTA Directors
  • 1 West Midlands LEP Board Member
  • 1 East Midlands LEP Board Member
  • 2 Chamber of Commerce Directors (1 East, 1 West)
  • Airports (Birmingham & East Midlands)
  • Network Rail
  • Highways England
  • HS2 Ltd
  • Senior Officer from DfT
  • Senior Responsible Officer (SRO)
  • MC Programme Director

Programme Steering Group responsibilities

  1. Provide expertise and recommendations to the Midlands Connect Strategic Board
  2. Co-ordinate and oversee the delivery of the Midlands Connect programme
  3. To capitalise on any business and regeneration opportunities available to support the delivery of Midlands Connect
  4. Be the main point of engagement in relation to strategic issues for relevant Government departments and delivery agencies such as Highways England, Network Rail and HS2 Ltd.
  5. This group will meet bi-monthly

Technical Advisory Group

  • Representation from across the MC Partnership including LTAs, LEPs and other stakeholders

Technical Advisory Group responsibilities

  1. Support the Project Team with resources, advice, technical expertise, intelligence and information as required.
  2. Ensure alignment and avoid duplication with key policies and programmes across the Midlands
  3. Promote the programme, support the Communications & Stakeholder Management Plan for the Midlands Connect programme and champion Midlands Connect locally
  4. Receive and review information from the Project Team
  5. This group will meet bi-monthly

Project Team

  • Midlands Connect Project Team Office

Project Team responsibilities

  1. To develop, implement and monitor deliver of the MC programme of works
  2. To respond to any requests for guidance/delivery put forward by the Strategic Board and Steering Group as deemed necessary
  3. To ensure alignment with key policies and programmes across the Midlands
  4. To develop and implement a Communications and Stakeholder Management Plan
  5. To review any opportunities for additional funding to support the Midlands Connect Programme