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Current Developments in the West Midlands

  • An Overview

Geoff Inskip

Chief Executive

Centro

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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
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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
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Transport Strategy

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
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Strategic Public Transport Issues :

  • 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
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Centro’s Transport Package

  • HS2 Connectivity
  • Promoting Economic Growth through Rail Connectivity
  • Strategic Freight Network
  • Access to Growth
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Concluding Remarks

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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