Select Committee hears case for Brum transport future

By on 16/11/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council has today welcomed a House of Commons Transport Select Committee to Birmingham, as part of their inquiry into Transport and the Economy. 

The Committee will be hearing evidence on how investment in transport infrastructure has supported the local economy and on what should be the priorities for future investment as the West Midlands economy strives for growth in an ever-more competitive market.

The West Midlands is of particular interest to the Committee given the substantial and innovative investments over recent years, underlining the region's importance at the heart of the UK’s road and rail network, as well as the role of Birmingham Airport as an international gateway.

Projects of particular interest include the M6 Toll, the £2.7b Highways Maintenance PFI in partnership with Amey, £600m New Street Gateway, Midlands Metro extension and the emergent proposals for high speed rail.

Councillor Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration said ‘We look forward to meeting with the Committee and being given an opportunity to impress upon them the critical importance the future development of our transport networks will play in developing not just the region, but also the entire country at large.” 

“As outlined in our Big City Plan, modern integrated transport links, and access to them, are the building blocks which will inevitably underpin all future regeneration and investment decisions. Continued investment in these projects is therefore of critical importance.

In addition to speaking to Councillor Huxtable, evidence will be heard from David Bull, Assistant Director for Development Strategy, along with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, transport operators, Centro and from environment and passenger groups.

The visit comes less than one week (11th Nov) after Birmingham launched its groundbreaking 'Vision for Transport'. The vision outlined how the city is to develop all aspects of its transport infrastructure over the next 20 years and beyond, in order to support growth, jobs and the quality of life.

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