Members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have now formally stamped the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport that will see £3.4bn invested into tram extensions, suburban rail lines and new stations over the next decade, as well as cycle routes and motorway improvements.
The plan, announced in April this year, includes schemes such as extending the Midland Metro in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, as well as rail infrastructure to open up new passenger lines, such as through the Camp Hill Chords project.
A consultation for the document ran from April until June this year, where passengers and stakeholders were invited to have a say on the plan’s ambitions to unlock economic growth and maximise HS2 opportunities in the region.
In a WMCA meeting held on Friday, councillors have finally agreed to press ahead with the major transport plan, which forms part of the organisation’s long-term ‘Movement for Growth’ strategy and sets out “a high-level programme of infrastructure projects” for the next 10 years.
Some of the projects that will be pursues in the coming months and years include extending the Metro to Birmingham Curzon HS2 station in Eastside then through Digbeth and north Solihull to Birmingham Airport/HS2 Interchange; a redeveloped Coventry station; a Metro tram route between Brierley Hill, Dudley and Wednesbury, connecting to the existing Birmingham-Wolverhampton line; and new heavy rail connections to Wolverhampton, with new stations at Willenhall and James Bridge.