A COUNTY MP has met with representatives from Midlands Connect and Great Western Railway to discuss how plans for the Midlands Rail Hub could benefit his constituency.

Nigel Huddeston, the MP for Mid Worcestershire which covers Droitwich and Evesham, has said the ambitious project will "create amazing opportunities for my constituents".

The Midlands Rail Hub is an ambitious £1.5bn rail scheme set to transform rail travel across the whole of the Midlands.

It includes improved access from the West Midlands to the South West, Wales, and the East Midlands.

It will create an additional 2 million seats on the network per year as well as give more people access to HS2 when it is complete.

The rail scheme will see the frequency of trains from Cardiff to Birmingham doubling, with stops at Newport, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa, and Worcestershire Parkway. 

Mr Huddleston said his constituents will benefit from faster and more frequent services from Hereford to Birmingham, which stop at Droitwich Spa.

The MP said: "These proposals are so important for improving connections for the residents of Worcestershire. More services to Cardiff and Birmingham will create amazing opportunities for my constituents.

“I support these proposals and look forward to the development of the Full Business Case.”

Sarah Spink, Stakeholder Engagement Lead at Midlands Connect, added:  “It’s great to be in Worcestershire today and to have the support of the local MP. Midlands Rail Hub proposals will benefit people living in Worcestershire and across the nation. We really want to crack on with the next phase of our plans.”