Rail line to reopen as part of £3.4bn transport vision
WEST Midlands transport chiefs have backed a £3.4 billion shopping list of new rail and metro lines, cycle routes and road upgrades – including the long-awaited reopening of the Camp Hill Chords and Moseley rail line.
And they confirmed many projects on the plan, to be enacted over the next decade, are either wholly or part funded – most through HS2 spin-off and devolution funding from Government.
The plan includes projects already in the pipeline, such as the extension of the Metro Tram from Digbeth to Birmingham Airport, as well as confirming the ambition to reopen the Camp Hill Chords and Sutton Park rail lines.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said a successful Commonwealth Games bid could also be the catalyst to bring forward some of the projects like the reopening of the Camp Hill Chords.
He has already set a target of getting work on the city centre to Moseley rail line started by the next election in 2020.
Now he is hopes to use the 2022 Commonwealth Games as a target date for this and a range of other projects including the rapid bus route on the A34 between Birmingham and Walsall.
Regional transport chief and Wolverhampton Council leader Roger Lawrence said: “Transport is key as we work to ensure the West Midlands punches its weight nationally and globally. HS2 will bring us closer to London and the UK’s other big city regions and make us a world-class place in which to do business.”
“Now that this blueprint has been approved we can get to work in putting it into action. These are exciting schemes that will transform transport in our region and steer investment here to create new jobs and homes, building on the significant growth and development that is already happening through HS2.”
The confirmation of the plan follows wide public consultation which in particular saw a huge call for further investment in cycle routes.
A £165 million Local Cycle Network programme has been added to plan as a result.