I welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that he would be cancelling part of the high-speed rail line and instead diverting the £36 billion earmarked for local transport projects in the North and Midlands.
This week, I will be meeting with my colleagues in Westminster to lobby for more money to be allocated for the North West Relief Road scheme, and for the upgrade of the mainline rail link between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.
£54m has already been secured for the North West Relief Road, but due to rising costs, more government support is now needed.
The electrification of the rail line, which also serves Codsall, Cosford, Albrighton and Telford, would improve reliability and journey times. Regional transport body Midlands Connect is fully behind the scheme and I will be working closely with them to ensure that they get a share of the funding now being made available.