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Midlands Connect submit proposals to transform region's roads
Midlands Connect submit proposals to transform region's roads

Midlands Connect submit proposals to transform region’s roads

Midlands Connect has submitted investment proposals for 11 “transformational road schemes” in the region.

The proposals across the Midlands, worth almost £600 million, have been submitted by the sub-national Transport Body.

This comes after the Department for Transport (DfT) empowered Midlands Connect to work with the region’s 22 councils to identify the schemes that needed work in order to improve local roads in the Midlands.

It is part of a £3.5 billion fund available from the DfT from 2020 – 2025.

The funding will cover upgrades to the Major Road Network (MRN) and Large Local Majors (LLM) – which focuses on larger upgrades to local roads.

The 11 MRN and LLM schemes across the Midlands will help to cut congestion in the region, create jobs and also encourage more walking and cycling, therefore reducing emissions too.

All MRN schemes have to include a funding request from government of anything between £20 million and £50 million each, while for LLM schemes, it must be more than £50 million with a local contribution totalling at least 15%.

Midlands Connect has submitted proposals after detailed consultation and assessment; as a result, funding requests sent to the DfT for consideration are for seven MRN projects and four LLM developments.

As a result, the government has been asked to fund £596 million of the total £739 estimated for projects in the Midlands; the remaining £143 million is expected to be funded by a mixture of public and private sector services in the area.

Local authorities are set to deliver the physical infrastructure required if the funding requests are approved.

The projects span the whole of the Midlands, with upgrades planned in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Derbyshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Simon Statham, head of technical programmes at Midlands Connect, commented: “By speaking with a collective voice on behalf of the Midlands, we believe each of the schemes submitted has provided all the evidence the government needs to fund them in full, and we expect to be celebrating £600 million investment in the region to help our local authorities get on and deliver this transformational programme of upgrades.”

The proposals submitted by Midlands Connect follow hot on the heels of a similar bid from Transport for the North (TfN).

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