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13/09/2017

WMCA approves transport plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a transport blueprint for £3.4 billions of transport infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years.

The 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport, prepared by Transport for West Midlands, is part of the WMCA’s long-term transport strategy Movement for Growth.

It aims to improve transport and unlock economic growth across the region and ensure that it is ready for the arrival of HS2, which is scheduled to begin services in Birmingham in 2026.

The final plan was agreed following a six-week public consultation, with responders demanding a bigger role for cycling.

Therefore, the combined authority said, a £165 million Strategic and Local Cycle Network Development Programme was added to the existing cycling schemes in the Delivery Plan. Funding for this programme is now being “pursued”.

The plan divides the schemes into three sections: More than £3 billion of committed schemes that are completely or substantially funded, potential schemes for which funding will be sought, and longer-term studies and proposed projects.

Schemes that will be built over the next 10 years include:

Birmingham

  • Extending the Midland Metro, including to Birmingham Curzon Street HS2 station in Eastside
  • The Camp Hill Chords railway project to open up suburban lines

Coventry

  • A redeveloped Coventry railway station
  • Major improvements to the M6 and A46

Walsall

  • Improvements to junctions on the M6
  • New cycle routes

Dudley and Sandwell

  • Smart motorways
  • Midland Metro tram route

Solihull

  • Improvements to junction 6 of the M42 so it is ready for HS2
  • Extension of the Midland Metro

Wolverhampton

  • Improved transport connections to the i54
  • New heavy rail connection to Walsall

Roger Lawrence, lead member for transport for the WMCA and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Transport is key as we work to ensure the West Midlands punches its weight nationally and globally. HS2 will bring us closer to London and the UK’s other big city regions and make us a world-class place in which to do business.”

“Now that this blueprint has been approved we can get to work in putting it into action.

“These are exciting schemes that will transform transport in our region and steer investment here to create new jobs and homes, building on the significant growth and development that is already happening through HS2.”

The full document can be found on the WMCA website.

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