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Making the right connections for the North Midlands

Transport is vital to power the North Midlands renaissance.

Boosting our connectivity – making sure we connect people to jobs – is vital for our future prosperity.

Devolution presents a significant opportunity to create a truly integrated transport system for the 21st century by giving powers over future transport investment, including major infrastructure improvements like rail and road, to the Combined Authority.

Financial resources will be pooled across the entire region, creating a new budget to deliver major investment on a scale unseen before to support rail, road, cycling and walking.

Future national transport decisions will be reviewed by the Combined Authority to make sure they reflect the priorities for the North Midlands, giving our area a real say on how it connects nationally and internationally with major economies.

Making it better for people living in the North Midlands

We believe the benefits are significant and include:

  • less congestion and pollution with reduced journey times and health benefits
  • easy to use public transport services - single ticketing on bus and trams across different operators
  • local transport services to meet local need.

North Midlands Devolution Deal

The North Midlands Devolution Deal was submitted to Government in December 2015.

The deal sets out ten key benefits devolution would deliver for the residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

Read the North Midlands Devolution Deal [PDF] and the summary document [PDF].

What does it mean for you?

Read the stories about how devolution could help to transform people's lives for the better.

The examples are illustrative, using demographic and statistical information. They are not based on real people.


undefinedWidow Margaret lives in a rural village and was struggling to get out of the house since the bus service cut the number of times it runs through the village. She was reliant on her daughter to take her to the shops because she can’t drive – and she rarely saw her friends. Margaret felt like she’d lost her independence even though she was in good health. Her family never complained but relying on them for lifts made her feel a burden.

But the new bus and train routes have given her a new lease of life. It used to take nearly two hours to get into town and the bus only came through the village twice a day. But now it’s every hour and the new route means the journey only takes 40 minutes. She now does all her own shopping and she meets her friends in the café every Tuesday morning – they’ve even take up Pilates at the leisure centre!


undefinedAccountant Karen loves the village she lives in – rural life is great for her three children. It’s a close-knit community and she feels they are safe to walk to and from school on their own and visit their friends. That’s not always something you get in a big city. But Karen was worried she was going to have to uproot the family to the city so she could be closer to work. The commute was horrendous. It was a choice between three buses and a 90 minute journey or a two-hour car drive in rush hour traffic.

But the new bus and train journeys has cut the commute to 50 minutes: one short bus trip and train direct to town. Using her new smart-card it costs her half what she used to spend on petrol and it couldn’t be easier. Using the smartcard app she tops it up with money and jumps from train to bus and just scans her phone.

Karen loves being able to keep her job and get back in time to spend time with the family. She also works from home on a Friday because the council has invested in super-fast fibre broadband and 5G – something she was never able to do before.