RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say on plans to make the region’s transport system greener.
The draft West Midlands Local Transport Plan (LTP), called Reimagining Transport in the West Midlands outlines plans to decarbonise the transport system and improve services across the West Midlands over the next two decades.
The plan, drawn up by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) bosses, showcases plans to tackle climate change, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to transport while supporting the post-Covid 19 economic recovery.
TfWM says it also builds on changes in travel behaviour seen during the coronavirus pandemic such as increases in cycling, walking and scooting and a reduction in five-days-per-week commuting.
It was developed following the publication of an open ‘green paper’ discussion document on the future of transport last year which drew almost 700 responses from across the region.
The draft LTP Core Strategy highlights how plans to further expand the Metro tram network, open new railway stations and invest in cleaner zero-emission buses through programmes such as the Coventry All Electric Bus City will make a difference.
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board last month agreed the draft LTP and residents and businesses can have their say as part of an eight-week public consultation.
Key to delivering the the first phase of the plan over the next five years will be the £1.3 billion City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement investment announced last month.
The money will be used to bolster the offer of convenient and affordable alternatives to the private car such as expanding the Starley Network of safe cycle routes, greater integration of bus, rail, tram and bike hire ticketing and more bus priority routes.
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, said: “From improved cycle routes to new train stations, this investment will enable us to continue to connect communities as part of our transport revolution, as well as cut carbon emissions as part of our #WM2041 plan.
“Our draft Local Transport Plan is the guiding hand behind this and future investment, which is why it is so important residents have their say and make sure their views are heard.”
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