£2.7bn investment to transport in the West Midlands confirmed

Posted on 31 October 2023

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is celebrating a substantial £2.7 billion injection into the region's transportation infrastructure, supporting a wide array of enhancements, notably the implementation of the Midlands Rail Hub project.

With a substantial £1.75 billion allocated in funding, the Midlands Rail Hub is gearing up for a transformative expansion that promises to significantly amplify transportation capabilities. This ambitious project is set to usher in a new era of enhanced services and expedited travel times, particularly on routes connecting Birmingham with a host of pivotal destinations, including Bristol, Cardiff, Leicester, and Nuneaton.

One of the standout features of this endeavour is the construction of novel railway links, named the "Bordesley Chords." These connections are poised to open up a wealth of additional platforms at Moor Street Station, unlocking potential along the Camp Hill Line. This expansion will pave the way for the establishment of new stations along the Sutton Park line, further enhancing regional connectivity.

As part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), TfWM will promptly receive a £100 million infusion for ongoing metro extensions. This funding will enable the completion of the second phase of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension and facilitate significant development efforts at Arden Cross, adjacent to the HS2 Interchange Station.

The region has been awarded:

  • £250m over the next five years to ensure transport network stability

  • £700m for rail, bus, tram, road and active travel infrastructure to be added to the West Midlands’ allocation for the next round of the City Region Sustainable Transport

  • Settlement from 2027-2032 £100m to share across the north and Midlands to roll out contactless tap and go smart ticketing – expanding a project being led by TfW.

Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA Chair commented; "The nearly £3 billion worth of transport investment we have secured for the West Midlands is significant, and will help to turbo-charge our plans to improve public transport in the region and better connect our communities.

“From ensuring the Black Country metro extension goes all the way to Brierley Hill, to more capital sums to invest in safe walking and cycling routes, the Government have made a sizeable investment in the West Midlands.

The West Midlands is in for a major transportation upgrade. They've secured a substantial £2.7 billion to make travel in the region smoother and more convenient. This money will be used to improve things like trains and buses, making it easier for people to get around.

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