Companies are invited to express their opinion on high-speed rail travel in the region

Shrewsbury Station.

Midlands Connect recently submitted a strategic business case to the Department for Transport in July which found that with improvements the line speed could be increased from 50 and 70 miles per hour to 90 miles per hour.

It says the project will generate around £23million in economic benefits through improved journey times, improved air quality, environmental benefits and reduced congestion on public transport routes. local roads.

Midlands Connect researches, develops and champions long-term transport projects that will bring the greatest possible economic, social and environmental benefits to Midlands and the rest of the UK.

A special survey he launched is open for a further week for companies to voice their opinions.

The results will serve to illustrate the need for further investment along the line.

A recently unveiled business case shows that for every pound invested, 16 pounds could be created for the local economy.

The business case adds to work published last year in Midlands Connect’s Rails to Recovery report, which also found that electrifying the route through Telford and the Black Country and extending rail services London to Shrewsbury could create up to £500million in benefits for businesses and residents making hourly trains to the nation’s capital. Midlands Connect have analyzed plans for a new hourly train from Shrewsbury, Wellington, Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham to London.

The project survey will close on Monday, September 5, and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. To take the survey, go to

Tawhida Yaacoub, Midlands Connect’s Senior Rail Program Manager, said: “We are delighted with the number of companies who have shared their views with us across Shropshire, Telford, the Black Country and Birmingham, but at a end week, we’re calling on local businesses to log on and complete the survey. It will only take a few minutes and potentially make a huge difference.

The survey can be found here:

Mr Yaacoub said: “We are looking at all options to improve key transport infrastructure in our region. The fundamental aim of these improvements is to transform regional and UK gateways, bringing the Midlands closer together and accelerating cost-effective improvements for unlock the east-west connectivity that will allow Midlands economies to work more effectively together.

“Our 25-year transport strategy for the region has the potential to add £5 billion a year to the UK economy, contributing to Midlands Engine’s vision of creating an additional 300,000 jobs by 2030 and making grow the economy by £54 billion.

Jose P. Rogers