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Current Developments in the West Midlands

  • An Overview

    Geoff Inskip

    Chief Executive

    Centro


The West Midlands Metropolitan Area

  • 2.6 m population

  • Distinct sub-regions:

    - Birmingham/Solihull,

    - The Black Country,

    - Coventry

  • Industrial legacy “The workshop of the world”

  • “Cross-roads of the UK”

    Challenges

  • Skills

    • £15bn Regional GVA productivity gap with UK average

  • Jobs

    • global economy jobs, fit for the future. Region’s unemployment

      rate currently 9%

    • Connectivity to jobs and to skills

  • Homes

    • Circa 160,000 net new homes in the Metropolitan area by 2026

  • Carbon

    • 80% reduction in UK greenhouse gas by 2050; 34% reduction by 2020


Public transport in the West Midlands

  • 347 m passenger journeys 2010/11

  • 50+% public transport modal share to centres

  • 90% bus services commercial

  • 10% bus services subsidised – contracts with Centro

  • National Express operates 77% of bus service kms

  • Suburban rail services – renewal in 2015

  • Light rail – 23 year concession with Centro

  • Network Rail – rail infrastructure

  • Highways Agency – motorways

  • Local councils – highway authorities and land use planning authorities


Strong links with land use planning
Strong links with land use planning

World Class Transport Package

  • Effective governance

  • Strong links with land use planning

  • Clear plans, sustained commitment

  • Clear roles for public, private and voluntary sectors

  • Integrated hierarchical public transport



Connectivity to jobs 2 existing vision agglomeration benefits
Connectivity to Jobs (2)- Existing Vision agglomeration benefits


Transport Strategy Vision

Promote low carbon, economic growth:

  • “Smart routes” – Strategic Highway Network/Principal Bus Corridors

  • Increased public transport capacity –Hierarchical public transport system

  • Enhanced local walking, cycling

  • Smarter Choices


Strategic Public Transport Issues Vision:

  • HS2 release of “classic network” capacity

  • Increasing suburban rail capacity/

  • Rapid transit network development/land use planning

  • Bus network quality/ effectiveness

  • Park and ride capacity

  • Integrated Smart ticketing - Swift






Centro’s Transport Package Vision

  • HS2 Connectivity

  • Promoting Economic Growth through Rail Connectivity

  • Strategic Freight Network

  • Access to Growth


Concluding Remarks Vision

A clear transport strategy with focus on its delivery

Support low carbon economic development and regeneration of the West Midlands

  • Geoff Inskip

  • Chief Executive, Centro


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