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Thursday 17/07/2008

Department for Transport (West Midlands)

(DFT) Go-ahead for £26m traffic management improvements to cut congestion in the West Midlands

A £26 million package of improvements aimed at reducing congestion and improving bus journeys in the West Midlands has been given the go-ahead, Transport Minister Rosie Winterton announced today.

Improvements to traffic control systems will help improve bus journeys by giving priority to buses at more key junctions. Variable message signs will also provide drivers with more accurate and reliable information on congestion, incidents and parking availability.

This will be achieved by upgrading existing equipment and introducing new technology to enhance the performance of urban traffic control systems. A Centre of Excellence managing this important new initiative will be based at Quinton. This will provide a central focal point and better integration between the management of the local and Highways Agency road networks in the area.

Rosie Winterton said:

“The Government is committed to investing in transport and to easing congestion in our towns and cities. This package of improvements will enable better traffic management in the West Midlands Metropolitan Area and helps to bring together more effective management of local and strategic roads.”

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