Our Members > Transport for West Midlands
Positive change is happening in the West Midlands. A new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) governance model supported by a transformational Devolution Deal with the UK Government, will see an unprecedented step change in delivery to support our collective ambitions for economic growth.
Transport is firmly at the heart of those plans. On Friday 17 June 2016 – the West Midlands ITA and Centro/PTE were dissolved. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) replaces and builds on the exciting and innovative work of both organisations. Transport is now led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) – the transport arm of the Combined Authority.
We recognise the importance of an effective transport system for the creation of new jobs, economic growth which benefits all, new housing, clean air and improved health in our conurbation. As a fundamental element of our plans for devolution, we will invest in our transport infrastructure, ready for the arrival of High Speed Two, and in order to ensure that goods and people are able to move seamlessly throughout the West Midlands.
We invest to improve the regional transport structure, working towards an integrated public transport system that’s safe and secure. At the same time we are busy planning for the future.
Our 2016-17 Transport Delivery Plan outlines the importance of achieving the strategic objectives set out in our Movement for Growth transport plan – enabling people to meet their daily employment, leisure and shopping needs. It promotes investment in bus, rail and Metro networks as well as bus stations, travel shops and accessing information online by tablet, computer or mobile. Delivering to the highest standards, embracing new technologies, providing new and improved infrastructure and generally keeping the West Midlands moving is what the plan is all about.
In particular, building smart card volumes and usage, taking advantage of the move to the Combined Authority and the Metro expansion is at the heart of our future programmes and so it is key that we deliver a service to the public that they enjoy and use, and maintain pressure for further expansion. We are also committed to developing a region wide Metropolitan Cycle Network, and investing in wider cycling and walking programmes.
Our contact at TfWM is Managing Director, Laura Shoaf, who is also a SWM Board member.