Transport in the West Midlands
The seven metropolitan areas that make up the West Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton) rely on the regional and national transport network to deliver growth, facilitate housing and jobs and to underpin the city region.
What is being done to increase transport efficiency?
In March 2006, the West Midlands submitted a Local Transport Plan to the DfT to ensure the traffic system in place matches the long-term ambitions and goals of the area.
The plan highlighted funding required and suggested a number of major projects to be fulfilled over the course of the plan.
- Major LTP projects within the West Midlands include:
Expansion of the Midland Metro tram system from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, via Dudley, and from Snow Hill to Five Ways in central Birmingham
- £500 million redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station
- 261 mile (419km) network of Red Routes to help traffic flow more freely and increase road capacity by 10 per cent
The centrality of key schemes such as Birmingham New Street and Metro reflects the overall vision for a world class West Midlands transport infrastructure. LTP schemes such as these provide the complementary transport framework needed to ensure transport choice, efficiency and capacity.
To sustain this momentum across the West Midlands, other projects will also be carried out such as the development of Coventrys PrimeLines bus showcase route, further rollout of red routes in Solihull and work on reducing ring road congestion in Walsall town centre.