Our transport networks are enablers of spatial and sectorial growth. They are vital to creating viable and attractive places in which to live and do business; crucial to our businesses getting their goods and services to market; and key to ensuring that our people have access to economic and leisure opportunities.
Strong transport networks befitting our economic growth ambitions are key to creating a sustainable, attractive and economically vibrant city region that offers greater choice, stronger and more resilient networks, and an environment that supports an improved quality of life.
The Airport is one of the most important economic drivers in the West Midlands region, and in 2026 will become the UK’s first and only airport adjacent to high speed rail, dramatically enlarging its catchment area and plugging more businesses across the UK into international opportunities.
Midlands Connect is making the case for delivering nationally important transport infrastructure in our region, complementing the investment in HS2 and significantly enhancing our global connectivity by
bringing more business and people within reach of our key economic assets.
The rapid pace of change in our transport and digital networks presents the opportunity to move towards a truly smart city region. The increased prevalence of smartphones combined with decreased costs of deploying wireless connectivity is creating the perfect conditions for the Internet of Things. By harnessing big data and the potential of automation, the Internet of Things will enable autonomous vehicles (which are already being trialled in Coventry) and mobility as a service, revolutionary opportunities to reduce waste and improve efficiency on our transport networks.