Maria Machancoses, Programme Director, Midlands Connect
With a degree in Law and an MSc in International Transport, Maria has spent the last 20 years working in the UK.
Maria has recently been appointed Director of the Midlands Engine, a partnership which aims to drive up productivity and growth across the whole of the Midlands region from the Marches to the Wash.
Maria is also Programme Director for Midlands Connect, a £5m collaboration programme that brings together 28 Local Authorities and 10 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the Midlands, to develop a vision and strategy for transport connectivity throughout the region.
The strategy, to be developed jointly by the Midlands Connect Partnership and Government by March 2017, will identify the major infrastructure projects which are needed to improve linkages to the region’s key hubs, therefore increasing economic activity and helping to power the Midlands Engine.
As part of her previous role, Maria managed the WM Integrated Transport Authority’s input into the HS2 Hybrid Bill and was actively involved in master-planning activities around proposed HS2 Stations in the West Midlands.
The UK Government’s recently announced major new investment in UK transport infrastructure included: £1.1 billion to reduce congestion and upgrade local roads and public transport; £220 million to tackle road safety and congestion on Highways England roads; £27 million to develop an expressway connecting Oxford and Cambridge; and allocation of £390 million for future transport […]