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3 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Break Out Session: Future Strategies for the Midlands’ Transport Infrastructure Neil Ross Principal Policy & Strategy Officer West Midlands ITA Policy & Strategy Team   uk.linkedin.com/pub/neil-ross/38/4bb/524 West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority

4 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being 1. The Challenges

5 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Rugby Leamington/ Warwick Stratford UV Bromsgrove/ Redditch Kidderminster Nuneaton Tamworth Lichfield Stafford = Within 10 Mile of Met Area Telford Stoke UT Northampton Worcester Shrewsbury Leicester Nottingham Derby Burton = Within 25 Mile of Met Area Challenge 1: Boundaries don't apply

6 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Challenge 2 – Population Growth Projected population growth by 2033: Metropolitan Area: 268,000 additional people Wider West Midlands Area: at least 311,000 additional people Midlands Area: further 400,000 people approx TOTAL: 1M additional people

7 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Based on LEP Strategic Economic Plans covering Midlands area, project job creation will be at least: + 150,000 additional jobs in WM met area + 265,000 further jobs in wider WM area +245,000 further jobs in wider Midlands area = Total additional jobs of 660,000 In summary - more population growth than job growth in Midlands area In longer term, travel patterns will continue to evolve across the Midlands Challenge 3 – Job Creation

8 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Challenge 3– Ensuring Transport Networks Support Growth

9 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being 90% of UK businesses and people accessible within 4 hours

10 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being 2. Our Emerging Approach – Better Midlands Working

11 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being The West Midlands has an established set of proposals to link people with jobs; business with employees Two main strands of a balanced approach: - a rail and rapid transit network - ensuring highways are reliable and support road movements including freight Views the West Midlands Journey to Work Area However, growth in the wider Midlands means there are patterns and opportunities we need to fully understand The ‘Supply’ Side of our Economy

12 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being

13 New Approach: ‘Midlands Connect’ Study A new approach to working as a single economic area reflecting existing and future transport trends Study aims to develop the strongest possible evidence and case for investment across the Midlands area - Phase One: focus on assessing where connectivity improvements are likely to have the greatest long-term benefit on employment and the economy. - Phase Two: Package of intervention, fully assessed to identify economic and environmental benefits. Being developed with Network Rail, Highways Agency and Local Enterprise Partnerships in west and east Midlands

14 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Strategic Economic Plans (SEP) outlined LEP proposals to maximise the economic potential of their area Included transport interventions to support an economy or unlock developments Whilst long term documents, inevitably short term focus on deliverable schemes reflecting Local Growth Fund Desire to build on SEPs and maximise Advanced Manufacturing opportunities by better understanding needs The ‘Demand’ Side of our Economy

15 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being “Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Study” Proposed to be a Midlands study Focusing on developing a better understanding of the infrastructure needs of advanced manufacturing businesses Focused on Advanced Manufacturing, building on existing economic base and SEP aspirations Will cover energy, transport, communications Transport will include infrastructure and connectivity e.g. aviation etc Will better inform future strategy development

16 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Thank you

17 Working on behalf of the metropolitan local authorities to promote an integrated transport network that supports growth and well-being Break Out Session: Future Strategies for the Midlands’ Transport Infrastructure Neil Ross Principal Policy & Strategy Officer West Midlands ITA Policy & Strategy Team   uk.linkedin.com/pub/neil-ross/38/4bb/524 West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority


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