Transport Infrastructure

2nd November 2017

MP for North West Leicestershire Andrew Bridgen has raised the issue of east-west and rail connectivity in Parliament.

During Local Government questions, Andrew asked the Secretary of State ‘Does my right hon. Friend agree that a clear focus of the Midlands Engine should be improving east-west connectivity—specifically, in relation to my constituency, a direct rail link to East Midlands airport and the new east midlands gateway?

In response, Sajid Javid stated ‘I agree with my hon. Friend that transport links are critical to the success of the midlands engine. Midlands Connect predicts that improving connectivity across the Midlands can secure a £1 billion-a-year boost to the regional economy and create some 300,000 jobs. The recently commissioned east midlands gateway connectivity study will consider carefully how to achieve this, and it will be looking at the East Midlands airport.’

The Secretary of State also said ‘A strong Midlands Engine is vital to Britain’s economy. We have provided the midlands with £1.9 billion of local growth funding, and in March we launched the Midlands Engine strategy to drive economic growth and improve quality of life.’

Afterwards Andrew said ‘The Midlands Engine offers a huge opportunity to drive forward the regions productivity and growth. North West Leicestershire has one of the highest growth rates in the UK and it is essential that our infrastructure improves to enable us to maintain this. This means ensuring improving transport links around the airport and improving east west connectivity which will benefit North West Leicestershire enormously being in the centre of the region.’

Andrew concluded ‘I will be working with all the relevant authorities to see that we get investment in our District and our Region.’


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