The UK rail sector continues to grow with ongoing linear track replacements and major civil engineering improvement work. The Black Country is at the heart of this growth, with plans set for £50 billion worth of railway systems, metro line infrastructure, construction and associated engineering works.

HS2 brings major supply chain and regeneration opportunities for the Black Country as well as the delivery of infrastructure projects like the proposed £400m Brierley Hill Metro project, linking strategic centres in the Black Country to the High Speed 2 rail network.

Critical to the success of the Black Country in securing contracts and investment is the ability of the business base to innovate, operate at the right technical standard and continue to deliver world class products to major projects. We have built the innovate www.ontrackwm.co.uk to link suppliers to opportunities and to showcase the impact the investment can have in our area.

Key messages for the Black Country

    • HS2 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Britain’s infrastructure, driving local growth across the Midlands and the North, placing HS2 at the heart of the Midlands Engine.
    • HS2 could help grow key industries in the Black Country, such as advanced manufacturing and aerospace, by creating better links to markets and access to a wider pool of skills, creating the conditions for business in the region to thrive. 
    • The West Midlands will be home to one of two National Colleges for High Speed Rail. Opening in 2017 the College will enable students to develop world-class skills to support the design, construction and operation of High Speed Rail, whilst also addressing the UK’s engineering skills gap.
    • HS2 will need a full range of works, goods and services, covering many sectors, over the total programme’s 20-year lifespan. Home to a cluster of world leading advanced manufacturing and engineering companies, the Black Country is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities HS2 presents.
    • HS2 will create more capacity.  The new capacity on the West Coast Main Line has the potential to take an average of 800 lorries off the road every day.

    For more information, please contact Sarah Middleton on 0845 15 15 15.