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Pre-HS2 £3.4bn transport boost for West Midlands

curzon street tram stop

A £3.4bn package of transport improvements has been approved for the West Midlands, including a £27.5M metro stop at the proposed HS2 Birmingham Curzon site.

Transport for West Midlands’ (TfWM) decade-long transport plan includes new rail lines and motorway improvements, while extra funding is being sought for a £165M cycling network scheme.

The West Midlands Combined Authority approved the £3.4bn blueprint, which covers transport projects until 2026. It makes up the first part of a 20 year plan to improve economic activity in the area.

Meanwhile the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has released £0.5M for new public spaces at Birmingham Curzon station, which could be set in an existing station built in 1838.

TfWM will work with HS2 Ltd on several measures designed to push growth around the station, including the 2023 Curzon Station metro stop extending to Digbeth, a new pedestrian bridge and links to the existing New Street rail station.

“Birmingham is already seeing the benefits of the HS2 programme as it prepares for the arrival of the first train in 2026, and once fully completed the city will sit at the heart of Britain’s new high-speed rail network,” said HS2 Ltd programme director Mike Lyons.

“The development of Curzon Street station will see significant regeneration opportunities created and help connect the city centre to Digbeth. We welcome the progress the city and the region are making in preparation for this transformational infrastructure project.”

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