Published: 3rd Jul 2020

The West Midlands has been awarded £66m of government funding to kick-start a series of ‘shovel ready’ schemes that can help drive the region’s post-COVID-19 recovery. The money, from the government’s Getting Building Fund, is in direct response to a list the region submitted two weeks ago of infrastructure schemes that can be underway within 18 months and get the local economy quickly moving again. A separate £8m funding pot, which has also been confirmed by housing secretary Robert Jenrick will be allocated to Warwickshire. The list put forward by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Black Country LEP and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP covered a wide range of schemes including new railway stations and other transport infrastructure, 5G, digital and technology-based projects, life sciences and urban renewal. The WMCA will now work with the three LEPs to send a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)