Transport plans are wel­come

Solihull News - - BUSINESS NEWS - KEVIN JOHNS Pres­i­dent of Soli­hull Cham­ber

TRAF­FIC con­ges­tion is an on­go­ing is­sue in Soli­hull, al­though it’s fair to say that it’s not just the bor­ough where build- up of traf­fic ham­pers peo­ple get­ting to work, to school and to meet­ings.

So it’s with great de­light that I read that there will be mas­sive im­prove­ments to pub­lic transport over the next decade. The plan is known as the Ad­vanced Qual­ity Bus Part­ner­ship and in­cludes an ex­ten­sion to the Mid­land Metro light rail sys­tem from Dig­beth through North Soli­hull to the pro­posed Birm­ing­ham Air­port/ HS2 in­ter­change.

At the same time, there will be ma­jor im­prove­ments to M42 Junc­tion 6, so it is ready for HS2 and the UK Cen­tral Hub de­vel­op­ment, which is a scheme to link every­thing of sig­nif­i­cance in Soli­hull to­gether, in­clud­ing the air­port, HS2, the NEC, Birm­ing­ham Busi­ness Park and Jaguar Land Rover.

This con­nec­tiv­ity is fan­tas­tic news and ex­actly what is re­quired to ease traf­fic flow and so have more pro­duc­tive work­ing days and a bet­ter work life bal­ance for all!

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