Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has pledged to put connectivity and improved passenger experience at the heart of his plans to revitalise the transport network in the Midlands as he visited the region today (17/01).
On a tour of several new government-funded projects, the Minister hailed new investment that will boost the region’s transport offering to provide better, cleaner and cheaper journeys for all.
The Transport Secretary met West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street at Birmingham New Street station before travelling on to see phase 1 of the city’s Westside Metro extension to Centenary Square, built using £59.8m of government funding. The route is the first in the UK to operate on battery power throughout, offering cleaner, greener journeys across the city. Phase two of the extension is currently under construction and will extend the West Midlands Metro line to Edgbaston.
He also officially opened the new West Midlands Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC), that will provide transport bosses with an ‘at a glance’ view of the whole transport system in the city, to help keep Birmingham moving during the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Today, the Transport Secretary also announced £3.4 million of government investment in trials for wireless charging of electric taxis in Coventry and Nottingham.