More than 50 different transport improvement projects agreed by West Midlands Combined Authority

More than 50 different transport improvement projects worth £1.3 billion have been agreed by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The list of preferred schemes will now be submitted to the Department for Transport for final approval after which the full list will be published.

The wide-ranging plans include more than 60 miles of new segregated cycle routes, 30 miles of bus lanes and priority measures, a new railway station at Aldridge and a light rail line in Coventry city centre.

Efforts to encourage greater use of electric vehicles will be supported, the authority says, with a network of 1,600 car charging hubs and ten ultra-rapid charge points to support users of vans and light goods vehicles. Investment will also continue in the existing metro system, reports Business Live.

Funding will be set aside to develop the business case and plan for the further extension of the West Midlands Metro along the Hagley Road west of Birmingham city centre, plans for which were first reported in September, as well as the expansion of the tram depot in Wednesbury.

The schemes, to be developed over the next five years, will be funded from the £1.05 billion City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, which was awarded to the region by the Department for Transport last year, topped up with local funding.

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