The A46 is one of the country's most important trade routes, but it's not always doing its job.
Businesses along the A46 corridor earn £115 billion for the UK economy each year; almost half the total comes from industries dependent on an efficient road network, like logistics, advanced manufacturing and agri-food.
The first stage of our long-term strategy to improve the road was released in November 2018, with more detailed recommendations due in 2019.
Growth and regeneration around HS2's dedicated stations in the Midlands is already happening, but how do we make sure these benefits are felt across the region?
Through our Midlands Rail Hub proposals, work to maximise access to the East Midlands Hub at Toton and by making the most of conventional-compatible HS2 trains, we can spread the benefits as far and wide as possible.
A region-wide move to smart ticketing can ensure we are putting the passenger first. The technology needed to make it a reality is already transforming the way people pay for and gain access to public transport.
Midlands Connect has requested £596 million from the government to deliver 11 transformational road schemes all over the region.
We were empowered by the Department for Transport (DfT) to work with the 22 councils in our partnership to identify priority schemes to improve local roads in the region, as part of a £3.5 billion national fund available from 2020-2025.
The fund covers upgrades to the Major Road Network (MRN), a new category established by the government to focus on funding schemes that will reduce congestion, support housing and employment growth and encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
The government fund also includes “Large Local Majors” (LLM) schemes, which focus on bigger upgrades to local roads.
Herefordshire Council has chosen a preferred route for the Hereford Bypass, which is being taken forward for further consultation and scheme development in 2018.
Midlands Connect continues to support Herefordshire Council and The Marches LEP to develop the outline business case for the bypass, as well as identifying and maximising the wider economic benefits of the scheme by improving wider connectivity between the Midlands, the South West and wales
We're working with the Marches LEP to assist them and the Welsh Government with identifying their future connectivity needs and developing cross-border links to ensure existing and future demand can be met.
A strategy for connectivity between the Midlands and Mid-Wales will be published in spring 2019, building on a joint freight strategy launched in March 2018.
Beyond the Midlands Rail Hub, Midlands Connect is working on making the case for improvements to rail links between Derby and Crewe via Stoke, Lincoln and Nottingham via Newark, connections to Birmingham Airport from the Thames Valley and East Midlands, and Shrewsbury and Crewe.
Midlands Connect’s landmark strategy identified four economic hubs and six intensive growth corridors, pictured in this map. Each of our priority projects focuses on developing better connectivity within these hubs, between the hubs and from the hubs towards neighbouring markets and international gateways, to support economic growth. This simple idea is the foundation on which our more detailed development work is now building.