The West Midlands is world-renowned for its advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors, which are at the global forefront of technological innovation. Building on this success, other innovative sectors like life sciences and digital are growing in importance to the region’s economy and are increasingly providing local employment opportunities.
A key reason for the West Midlands’ economic success is its connections to the rest of the country. The M5 and M6 motorways and the West Coast Mainline rail link facilitate the movement of people and goods across the whole of the UK.
With an economy built upon its domestic and international connections, the West Midlands will benefit from the global links that are created by Heathrow expansion.
Anticipated Benefits for West Midlands from Heathrow Expansion
- Up to 13bn in economic benefits
- Creation of up to 12,000 new jobs
- HS2 rail will provide fast routes to Heathrow from the Midlands with the journey time from Birmingham halving to 1 hour 4 minutes
Population within 3 hours
By 2030, 70% of Britain’s population will be within 3 hours of Heathrow