Nuneaton highlighted in West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy
Published on Wednesday, 9th November 2022
Several improvements to Nuneaton’s rail network have been included as part of a newly revised West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy draft.
The strategy sets out a 30-year plan for delivering better rail services in the region. In addition to identifying ways to maximise the benefits of HS2 and Midlands Rail Hub, the plan looks at how to tackle the challenges brought by the Covid pandemic, and ways the rail industry can contribute to net zero carbon targets.
While the strategy proposes improvements on all corridors, the forecasts show that the line between Nuneaton and Leicester has been identified as one of the lines having the greatest potential for growth and the Water Orton Corridor (services between Birmingham and Tamworth, Derby and Nuneaton and Leicester) as having the highest growth.
This forecast highlights the potential for improving local links to and from Nuneaton, with aspirations for new stations, and the addition of direct lines to cater for the growing capacity.
In addition, one of the core elements of the Midlands Rail Hub scheme is further improved access to HS2 for Nuneaton and Leicester.
Working towards the de-carbonisation of the rail industry, the strategy strongly supports a rolling programme of electrification across the entire region, with lines in Nuneaton being highlighted as one of the key priorities.
Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Kris Wilson, said:
“Having this recognition of Nuneaton as a strategic area for rail infrastructure improvement is good news for our Borough.
“As a council we will be responding to the consultation favourably. We have seen an increase in our population that justifies greater rail connectivity to the surrounding Midlands and beyond, and this would make great use of our location at the heart of the country.”
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