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Midlands Connect launches webinar series to ‘help shape the future of transport in the region’

Midlands Connect will launch a series of webinars starting next week to focus on some of the biggest issues facing the region as we recover from the pandemic.

The regional transport body has brought together some of the biggest thinkers in these fields with major politicians to debate the topics, which it hopes will inform the organisation's refreshed strategy that will be submitted to the Government.

The webinars, which will be free to view on Midlands Connect’s website, will cover the following topics:

  • 4 February – Building Back Better: Chaired by East Midlands CBI director Richard Blackmore and panellists Clare James, MD of East Midlands Airport; Sarah Phillips, of EY; and Alistair Baldwin, from the Institute for Government. To sign up for the event, click here
  • 11 February – Levelling Up: Chaired by Sunday Times deputy political editor Caroline Wheeler and panellists Jane Stevenson MP, Lord John Mann, Lord Ravensdale (co-chair of the Midlands Engine All-Party Parliamentary Group) and Chris Hobson, of East Midlands Chamber. To sign up for the event, click here
  • 18 February – Decarbonisation: Chaired by New Statesmen columnist Jonn Elledge and panellists Claire Haigh, of Greener Transport Solutions, and Graeme Cooper, of National Grid. To sign up for the event, click here.

Commenting on the launch of the webinar series, Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses said: “The world is a very different place now than it was four years ago when we created our last strategy.

"To reflect the huge changes we have experienced, including Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and a heightening climate crisis, we are in the process of refreshing our strategy to ensure we identify the short and long-term investment priorities than can help the region overcome these unprecedented challenges.

“These webinars will be a key part and my message to the region is log on, join in and help make a difference to the future of transport in the Midlands.”

The updated Midlands Connect strategy will be published in late 2021. To get involved in the strategy refresh please visit www.midlandsconnect.uk to make comments.