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WEST MIDLANDS SEEKS£450M FOR TRANSPORT

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The west Midlands is to bid for£450m in government transport over the next five years, with moves to ease road con...
The west Midlands is to bid for£450m in government transport over the next five years, with moves to ease road congestion at the top of the agenda, reports The Financial Times (p5).

A committee comprising representatives from seven councils and the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority will meet today to fine-tune the proposals. They are expected to receive approval from council leaders on Tuesday.

David Pywell, director of transport at Birmingham City Council, said: 'We need a step change in transport in the west Midlands, which has suffered from chronic under-investment over the last 20 years.

'For example, we are the largest city in Europe without a light urban transport network. We are not going to meet a regional target of lifting gross domestic product per head above the European average unless there is an improvement.'
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