These five 'asks' are guided by three key principles:
• In order to give confidence to existing communities we must collectively ensure that investment already planned is delivered to time and to programme
• In order to accelerate the delivery of planned growth infrastructure owners must be resourced to enable a pipeline of investment to be mapped out
• In this way we will create the conditions that give confidence to future investors that this is indeed a place where they can choose to say yes to invest.
All parties need to act at pace and to use the investment made in developing effective strategic collaborative working as the foundation on which to accelerate delivery: to turn high level rhetoric into action on the ground in support of our communities and businesses.
England’s Economic Heartland shares the Government’s ambition for the corridor. However, delivering such a transformational agenda will require a sustained, co-ordinated programme of investment in strategic infrastructure and services. Additional investment will be required if higher levels of growth are to be realised in ways that also see net overall betterment for the corridor’s residents and businesses.
The full extent of the investments and associated actions will emerge as our programme of work is taken forward.