Local MP, Lucy Allan has today backed a plan to improve Telford’s the rail network.
This comes as lobbying group, Midlands Connect today launched a £3.5 billion plan to revolutionise the region’s rail network. In a move designed to boost productivity, social mobility and economic growth across the East and West Midlands, Midlands Connect will deliver Midlands Engine Rail, an extensive improvement programme which could see 736 more passenger trains on the network each day.
The proposals, which would include new regular, direct services from Telford, Wellington and Shrewsbury to London, are being put forward by Midlands Connect. The organisation is asking the government for an initial £45.5 million to develop business cases for a series of projects that would re-shape rail transport in the Midlands.
The potential benefits outlined for Shropshire residents are 32 extra passenger trains a day, reducing the journey time from Shrewsbury to Birmingham from 56 to 45 minutes, and a new direct hourly service from Shrewsbury, Wellington and Telford to London.
Lucy Allan said:
“I hugely welcome the Midlands Connect proposals which would dramatically improve the rail network between Telford and Birmingham.
“The existing rail line linking Telford to Wolverhampton and Birmingham does not provide the capacity needed to support business and the growth of our town. Residents are very frustrated with the limitations of the existing service. We have secured an extra train per hour to start shortly but much more needs to be done. The local economy depends on it.
“I have been campaigning hard for improved services on our train line since I was elected as Telford’s MP and I will continue to push this proposal forward so that Telford will benefit.”
“Rail connectivity is vital for business, jobs and growth and to securing Telford’s future.”