CECA: Infrastructure will power success of Midlands Mayors

Midlands’ civil engineering contractors have called on the winners of the region’s mayoral
elections to embrace infrastructure as the best means of driving economic growth.
Over the weekend Richard Parker was elected as the new Mayor for the West Midlands, and Claire
Ward as the inaugural Mayor of the East Midlands.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), which represents companies that maintain,
deliver and upgrade infrastructure, has called on the winning candidates in this week’s Local
elections and mayoral contests to:

  • Deliver existing project pipelines, maintain investment commitments and champion
    future infrastructure growth.
  • Call for an 18 month ‘fix’ on investment in the period before and after elections.
  • Support the development of a high-level English Transport Strategy which works with
    Sub-National Transport Bodies (including Transport for London), integrates with the
    devolved nations and delivers firm five-year capital settlements complemented by
    indicative five-year funding.
  • Establish industry-led local infrastructure and construction partnerships to support the
    evolution of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
  • Lobby to reinstate plans for the delivery of HS2 in full, the acceleration of the delivery
    of Northern Powerhouse Rail and the TransPennine route.
    Commenting, CECA Midlands Director, Lorraine Gregory said: “Infrastructure has the potential to
    transform the Midlands for the better, by delivering sustainable economic growth, creating jobs, and boosting connectivity.
    “Our region is fortunate to now have two directly elected mayors, who must now put infrastructure
    at the heart of their policymaking to deliver improved outcomes for the communities they represent.
    “We stand ready to work closely with both Midlands mayors and our member companies to ensure
    projects are delivered on time and on budget, to drive economic growth, create employment, and
    lead to better outcomes for families and businesses across the region.”

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