James has welcomed an allocation of £19m in the Budget last week that has been earmarked for investment in Rowley Regis, as part of an overall national spend of over £1bn that has been earmarked for 45 towns across England.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak cited Rowley Regis in his speech to the House of Commons, and James has welcomed the benefits that the Towns Fund will bring to Rowley Regis. This includes a new Bus Interchange and more pedestrianisation for Blackheath, a new multi-purpose hub and improvements for Britannia Park and a proposed new education hub in Cradley Heath.
As well as the Rowley Regis Towns Fund, James has also welcomed the wider investment that the Budget pledged for the West Midlands, including improvements for transport infrastructure, and the extra spending that the Chancellor has announced to help people and businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
"This Government was elected on a mandate to level-up on investment to towns across the UK, and I’m delighted that Rowley Regis has been included in the Towns Fund investment", said James. "Despite the challenges that the pandemic has brought, it is important that we press ahead with these plans as we build back better.
"I will continue to engage with Sandwell MBC on the plans in place, and I look forward to seeing these projects develop with the investment that has been provided."