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West Midlands public consulted on £3.4 billion transport blueprint

Words: Huw Morris
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A blueprint for £3.4 billion of transport improvements across the West Midlands in the next decade has gone out for consultation.

The 2026 Draft Delivery Plan sets out the timetable for schemes the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is planning to unlock growth and capitalise on the arrival of the HS2 rail link.

Schemes include Midland Metro tram extensions in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, new rail infrastructure to open up new passenger lines, improvements to key motorway and road junctions as well as more cycle routes.

Transport for West Midlands is leading the consultation on the blueprint.

“This plan aims to prioritise the building of those schemes that can best underpin and support the WMCA’s wider goals for economic growth, housing and skills,” said managing director Laura Shoaf.

“It’s about which schemes should be built and when, so that we secure the biggest bang for our buck and have the right transport infrastructure in place to maximise the already significant economic benefits of HS2.”

The draft 2026 Delivery Plan is the initial 10-year programme for the WMCA’s longer-term strategic transport plan, Movement for Growth. This sets out a 20-year vision and strategic approach to improving the region’s network.

The consultation, which closes on 9 June 2017, can be found here.

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