The Midlands to see major changes in transportation
The Midlands in general, and the West Midlands in particular, finds itself on the edge of one of the most exciting periods in its history.
In 2021 Coventry will become the UK's city of culture, while in 2022 Birmingham will become the first English city to host the Commonwealth games since Manchester in 2002 – and underpinning all of this will be the extension of the transport links.
A spin-off fund will see £4 billion invested in public transport across the West Midlands to connect communities better by rail, road, tram, cycle and bus to the new HS2 stations. Meanwhile there are plans to improve roads, create cycle super-highways and a major expansion of the tram network.
The tram extension to the east of Birmingham will have multiple benefits, including making it easier for those living and working in the city to quickly access the city centre core.
Birmingham Eastside Extension will run from the existing Midland Metro line at Bull Street and will serve HS2 station at Curzon Street, providing new and improved public transport links for the east of Birmingham City Centre and Digbeth.
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