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Midlands Rail Hub Welcomed

26 June 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed plans for a Midlands Rail Hub as a "major boost" for the Midlands economy.

A proposal for £2bn of improvements to the rail network between the East and West Midlands has been submitted to the Government.

These include improvements to Birmingham rail services and faster and more frequent services to destinations such as Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Hereford, Worcester, Bristol and Cardiff.

The proposals have been submitted to Ministers by Midlands Connect, in partnership with Network Rail and with the backing of dozens of partner organisations.

The plans include £15m to £25m to be spent on freight loops and track improvements in Leicester, £150m to £200m on improving the Leicester Corridor to Birmingham and £15m to £25m on enhancements around Nottingham.

Manuel Cortes said: “We need huge investment across our rail network to increase capacity and help conquer the challenges of climate change.

“The Midlands Rail Hub represents a major boost and is a welcome step in the right direction with the intention to integrate these plans into the High Speed 2 scheme.

“A Midlands Hub is not only an environmentally friendly plan, good news for commuters but would be of significant economic benefit to the entire region, East to West, in the coming decades.

“We know our country needs joined up, modernised rail links as a springboard to thousands of additional jobs, better connected cities and the ability to further unleash the economic potential across the Midlands.”

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