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Members of the public are invited to have their say on a draft strategic transport plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The draft plan outlines how extra capacity will be added to the transport network to keep residents, businesses and visitors moving during the games.

Over the next 12 weeks, comments from residents and businesses across the West Midlands are being welcomed as part of a feedback process.

Commenting on the opening of the consultation, Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands said: “Today marks an important first step in delivering world class transport for Birmingham 2022.

“It is imperative that people across the West Midlands are aware of what is going on and what proposed changes are taking place, so I would encourage anyone who lives, works or travels in the region to read this plan and sign up to make sure they are kept up to date.

“We welcome all feedback, and with your help we can make the Commonwealth Games the best it can be.”

As part of the consultation, Transport for West Midlands, the transport arm of the WMCA is asking if people agree with the five principles the plan is built around:

  • Clean and green; a public transport Games

Public transport, walking and cycling will be the easiest and most effective way to get around during the Games. This will help to reduce congestion, contribute to improved air quality and help keep the region moving.

  • Safe, secure, reliable and efficient transport

Transport will be safe, secure and reliable. Athletes, Games officials and media and will be able to get to where they need to go on time, and everyday users of the transport network can continue to travel around the region safely.

  • Minimising disruption

The impact of the Games on the transport network will be minimised to ensure residents can get to work on time, businesses can make and receive deliveries and the region remains open for business.

  • Long term benefits

Birmingham 2022 will be a catalyst for delivering transport projects such as the first phase of Sprint and improved rail stations. The benefits of the Games will be maximised to make sure the effects are long-lasting, like encouraging more walking and cycling, so that the region can benefit for years to come.

  • Access for all

Public transport will be easy to use, affordable and accessible across all modes so that everyone is able to take part and enjoy the experience of the Games.

Residents and business are also being asked how they would like to be kept up to date as plans develop and how they want to be informed of changes to transport when the Games begin.

As part of the consultation, a number of events have been organised around the region for residents and businesses to discuss the draft plans with the WMCA and TfWM.

The consultation is open from Monday 16 September and Friday 6 December 2019. For more information, to the view plan, and submit comments visit www.tfwm.org.uk/the-draft-games-strategic-transport-plan