The East Midlands has over two million people in employment and is home to more than 370,000 businesses. Its modern economy is influenced by its industrial past, when the region’s cities were world leaders in manufacturing products like shoes and lace.
The East Midlands is also the location for some of the country’s most important current and future economic infrastructure. The M1 motorway runs through the region, connecting England’s north and south. Sitting between Loughborough, Derby and Nottingham, East Midlands International is the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport, transporting more than 320,000 tonnes of freight a year.
The HS2 connection at Old Oak Common means that the East Midlands and Britain’s hub airport will be closer than ever. And given the region’s strong manufacturing and construction base, its businesses can play a major part in building Britain’s new runway.
Anticipated Benefits for East Midlands from Heathrow Expansion
- Up to £15bn in economic benefits
- Creation of up to 12,900 new jobs
- Crossrail services will provide a 75 minute journey time from Shenfield to Heathrow
Population within 3 hours
By 2030, 70% of Britain’s population will be within 3 hours of Heathrow