A new extension to the tram system that will now go through East Birmingham, Birmingham Airport and the opening of the new suburban rail lines within the city is one of the major transport proposals that is to be discussed at a public consultation.
These plans have been 20 years in the making by West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority who are now interested in hearing the views of the public over the new transition. The strategy is designed to help the Midlands improve its growth greatly.
The upcoming dates for the public consultation events across the West Midlands are:
•Monday September 21, 6pm to 7pm, Dudley Council House
•Wednesday September 23, 6pm to 7pm, Coventry Council House, Committee Room 1
•Monday September 28, 6pm to 7pm, Walsall Council House, Conference Rooms 1 and 2
•Thursday October 1, 6pm to 7pm, Solihull Civic Suite
In order to maximise economic benefits the region needs the best possible transport links, hence why the plan has been created. “This long term transport plan will help underpin our existing economy and help it grow in the future, It will lay out the transport system that people and businesses will be using daily over the next two decades,” says Sir Albert Bore, an ITA member and leader of Birmingham City Council.
The proposal contained:
To extend the city centre’s Midland Metro tram system, fast, limited-stop Sprint services along the city’s main roads and newly implemented Links towards the West Midlands-wide cycle network. Each aspect of these 20 year old plans will take effect to varying extents in different areas of the Midlands, this is done to develop individual strategies of each constituency to suit their own needs.
A second change which took place on September 14th, is the 2 new flight route links between the UK, Budapest, and Warsaw. Due to the UK being a rapidly growing economic environment, and a population of over 10 million, foreign investors are starting to target the UK a lot more. Hungary, with its strong reputation for foreign investment landed a flight on the 14th at Birmingham Airport with 147 passengers, from Warsaw, as the first flight along a new route that has been implemented to facilitate better connections between the two countries.
The two new routes will each operate twice a week. The Warsaw journey will operate each Monday and Friday and Budapest each Tuesday and Saturday. Flights are available to book via wizzair.com from £15.49 each way. “It is fantastic to welcome another new airline to Birmingham; our seventh this year.” This was a quote from Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport.