MP calls for airport and east midlands gateway rail link

30th October 2017

Andrew Bridgen calls for Midlands Engine to focus on improving east-west connectivity, specifically a direct rail link to East Midlands airport and the new east midlands gateway.

10. What steps the Government are taking to support the delivery of economic growth through the midlands engine. [901472]

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.

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?

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.

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