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March 2017 progress update

Following the selection of our preferred masterplan option, we have been developing our draft proposals for the West Midlands Interchange at Four Ashes in South Staffordshire. This work is progressing well.

The West Midlands Interchange will provide infrastructure to support the Government’s industrial strategy for the Midlands; aligning with its key objectives of the Midlands Engine to raise productivity through increased connectivity, support regional economic growth, and help encourage trade and investment into the area.

We are working with Local Enterprise Partnerships in Staffordshire and the West Midlands to develop plans which will maximise the potential benefits for the local and regional economy. We will be setting out how the project can support local people through skills development and employment opportunities at the next stage of consultation.

Stage 2 Consultation

Robust transport modelling is critical to the project. To complete this, we have been working with Staffordshire County Council’s Highways team and Highways England’s traffic consultants. Their role is to ensure that we are using the right information and then to oversee the modelling. Getting access to the correct data has taken longer than expected and as a result our second stage of consultation is now likely to take place in the middle of 2017.

We will keep everyone updated on our progress and will publish dates and details of the next stage of consultation when they are confirmed.

We continue to explore the wider opportunities the project will bring to the area and plan to submit an application for a Development Consent Order around the end of 2017.

Contact us

Anyone with questions about the West Midlands Interchange can contact us at 0800 377 7345 or by email at contactus@communityrelations.co.uk.