Midlands Connect has confirmed today (01 August 2022) that they have put forward a business case for work on the Birmingham to Shrewsbury line, which would boost train speeds to 90mph. The project will deliver economic benefits of £23m, with £16 created for the region for every £1 invested.
This news is another step closer to delivering this major project as part of the Midlands Engine rail programme. It’s fantastic that these plans are being brought forward I’ve long campaigned for the electrification of this line, something that will secure truly green, sustainable connectivity for generations to come. I am keen that Government supports us in the delivery of these improvements as soon as possible.