WMCA spending £28m on congestion control

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has introduced a £28 million package of initiatives to tackle road congestion in the region. The WMCA board has allocated £16 million for a regional control centre and £12 million for upgraded road and traffic signal improvements for congestion hotspots.

“This investment means anyone who visits, works or lives in the West Midlands should benefit from more accurate travel information, better alternative options during disruption, more reliable journey times and ultimately, less time sitting in traffic. It will also see new and better technology introduced to help experts spot congestion before it becomes a problem which in turn will help reduce the impact on our local economy and the quality of our air,” said Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands who is on the WMCA board.

The Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC) is to be set up by the end of 2019 that will provide an at-a-glance-view of the transport system that will identify and solve congestion issues as they arise. The data from the centre will also be used to inform decision on road network planning.

The other £12 million is to be spent by the WMCA on:

– Upgrading traffic lights and CCTV and connecting them to the RTCC

– Installing new technology to traffic signals, making them more efficient in managing the flow of traffic

– Monitoring average journey times and enabling real time data alerts Improving roads, junctions and road safety in the Black Country, Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry

– Refreshing existing customer communication channels and create new ways of informing residents, businesses and visitors of disruptions.

Together these are set up to try to control the existing situation, even while ways are being looked at to manage the actual volume of traffic in the region, with things like a congestion charge and other mobility solutions.


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