WMCA to implement new congestion plan

West Midlands Combined Authority is planning to implement a new Regional Transport Co-ordination Centre and other measures to tackle congestion as it embarks on a multi-billion pound plan to enhance road, rail and tram schemes in the region

The West Midlands has more than £3.4billion committed over the next 10 years, in addition to the construction of the HS2 high speed rail line from London.

As part of a new Congestion Management Plan, the RTCC is designed to keep passengers informed and moving during major construction projects.

“We know that 58 per cent of people in the West Midlands are dissatisfied with the current level of information provided during travel disruption,” says West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: “The Congestion Management Plan is our blueprint for changing that.

“The plan sets out how we will make best use of our new devolved powers to manage congestion, air quality and road safety and how we will build capacity on our network. Working with partners we will also create a Regional Transport Coordination Centre to give people information in real time, so they can make informed choices about their journeys.”

Expected to be in place by 2019, the RTCC will provide a single view of the whole public transport and road network in the region.

Roger Lawrence, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, adds: “This plan is a joined-up approach to tackle a regional problem and we’ll be working with Highways England, public transport operators and West Midlands police to make it happen.

“Through the Congestion Management Plan, we will make sure that journey planning advice is available on any routes which are affected by big construction projects such as HS2, the Metro tram extension and preparation for the Commonwealth Games, and we will make sure it is all available in one place on the Network West Midlands website.”