The role of the Transport and Infrastructure Business Group is to act in a formal advisory capacity to the LEP Board on all relevant transport and other infrastructure matters. The group works with key national, regional and local transport bodies including the Department for Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd and Midlands Connect, to ensure that transport infrastructure and services are being planned and delivered to support the growth and prosperity of the Coventry and Warwickshire area. The group also considers wider infrastructure needs around issues such as broadband and power and works closely with the Planning Business Group to ensure a joined-up approach is taken on matters of mutual importance.


  • Assist the identification and development of a pipeline of infrastructure projects with a balanced mix of large scale ‘flagship’ and small/medium sized schemes which support the needs of the area.
  • Provide timely and appropriate input to future reviews of the LEP Strategic Economic Plan and other sub-regional initiatives, including the development of a Single Spatial Strategy for Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • Lobby strategic transport and infrastructure bodies such as DfT, Highways England, Network Rail and Midlands Connect in order to influence their future investment decisions through an evidence-led approach.
  • Ensure coordination on transport and wider infrastructure matters is carried out with neighbouring LEPs and Local Authorities, including the development of Statements of Common Ground on issues of mutual interest (e.g. A5, A46, North-South Rail, Ox-Cam Corridor/East-West Rail etc.).


Councillor Jim O'Boyle (Chair)

Adam Dent, Advent Communications

Adrian Hart, Warwickshire County Council

Andrew Page, Transport for West Midlands

Barbara King, Department for Transport

Ben Simm, Highways England

Bill Blincoe, CWLEP

Councillor Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council

Councillor David Welsh, Coventry City Council

David Ayton-Hill, Warwickshire County Council

David Jones, Cross Country Trains

David Tucker, David Tucker Associates/Federation of Small Businesses

James Breckon, Warwick University

John Seddon, Coventry City Council

Kate Hughes, CWLEP

Kirsty Sharp, Warwickshire County Council (Minutes)

Mark Ryder, Warwickshire County Council

Mike Waters, TfWM

Parvez Islam, Warwick University

Ryan Merriman, Advent Communications

Sarah Spink, Midlands Connect

William Knighton, Chiltern Railways


Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 14:22

Some of the region’s top companies have come together to discuss how to harness the power and influence of business in helping the West Midlands achieve its ambitious target of being net zero carbo

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 14:22

Some of the region’s top companies have come together to discuss how to harness the power and influence of business in helping the West Midlands achieve its ambitious target of being net zero carbo

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 16:46

A free shuttle bus service provided by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) for workers at NHS hospitals across the region has been used almost 30,000 since being launched.

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 10:25
Parveen Rai (CWLEP) with Cllr Jeff Clarke (Warwickshire County Council)

Warwickshire County Council has announced the opening of the improvement works to help ease traffic congestion around Stanks Island and Birmingham Road during peak periods.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 16:13

The Department for Transport announced on Friday an award of £979,450 to the County Council from the Government’s Active Travel Fund to support the development of cycling in Warwickshire.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 14:20
L-R Cllr Jim O'Boyle, Coventry City Council cabinet member for jobs and regeneration, Sandeep Shingadia, TfWM's director of development and delivery, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and Megan Nass, curator of cycles and transport objects at Coven

The Starley Network of safe cycle routes across the West Midlands will benefit from a £13 million Government active travel grant announced today.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 09:57
Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Riversley Park

Nuneaton’s transport infrastructure and arts, culture and heritage are themes that are being considered for an ambitious bid to secure multi-million-pound government funding for the town.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 12:16
From the left, Malcolm Holmes (WMCA Rail Director), Nick Abell (CWLEP) and Cllr Jim O’Boyle (Coventry City Council)

A massive crane has arrived at Coventry Railway Station to install a new footbridge to mark another significant milestone in the £82 million scheme.

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 12:01
A computer generated image of how Coventry's Pool Meadow bus station will look for 2021 City of Culture

Coventry’s Pool Meadow bus station is to get a £1.5 million upgrade which will include eye-catching artwork and murals for the 2021 City of Culture.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:20
Image of Transforming Nuneaton

An update on the ambitious £500 million plan to transform Nuneaton has been given to businesses in the region.

Meeting Dates 2020

In these unprecedented times, to focus our work on the immediate support of our business community and to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, adhering to the Government guidelines, CWLEP Business Group meetings are largely being suspended.

The next scheduled meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Business Group is listed below. As the current situation is very fast-moving, this will be kept under review and members will be notified of any change to this schedule no later than 7 days prior to any scheduled meeting.

  • 24th January 2020
  • 27th March 2020
  • 15th May 2020
  • 9th July 2020
  • 25th September 2020
  • 27th November 2020
  • 29th January 2021

All meetings are from 10:00am – 12:00pm at The Old Clink, The Holloway, Warwick.