Trains: East Midlands

Lord Ravensdale Excerpts
Monday 19th October 2020

(4 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber

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Department for Transport
Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Con)
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The integrated rail plan announced in February 2020 will look at the delivery of high-speed rail alongside all the other rail enhancements across the Midlands, including the Midlands rail hub. Network Rail is already developing work in this area, including connectivity improvements between Birmingham and Nottingham.

Lord Ravensdale Portrait Lord Ravensdale (CB)
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My Lords, I declare my interest as co-chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group. Rail is playing a vital role in levelling up the Midlands and capitalising regional developments. A dedicated ministerial champion to drive this key programme forward within government would be hugely beneficial. Is that something that the Government will consider?

Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Con)
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The Government take their relationship with Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect extremely seriously, and I have had a number of meetings with them. On transport for the east Midlands, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced on 3 September a new collaborative agreement between local leaders in the east Midlands and the department. We have created two new posts within the department specifically for the east Midlands to provide a more influential role when it comes to rail service enhancement decisions.