Multimillion transport plans proposed for the region
7th February 2020
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, has unveiled plans for a 20-year expansion to the rail and tram network in the region.
The £15billion investment would see eight new metro lines and 21 new rail stations, improving links between Birmingham, Coventry, and the surrounding towns and cities.
In Coventry, very light rail trams and driverless autonomous pods would connect sites such as the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover, Ansty, and the city centre.
The plans, if adopted, would undoubtedly benefit the local economy by making it much easier for businesses that are currently outside of local transport systems. In addition, the vision would likely bring further investment into the region, as the Midlands increases its efforts to compete with other larger cities in the UK.
Street said: “For too long we have been left behind London and Manchester, and other cities around the world. We are a world-class city region and we deserve a world-class Metro and rail network.”
The announcement is the first major policy announcement by the Mayor in his bid to be re-elected at the election this coming May.