WMCA bulletin 7th September 2017

Friday 8th of September 2017 02:00 PM

Government backs Brum’s bid!

Today’s announcement by the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) of Birmingham as a Candidate City to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games was welcomed across the region.

The Bid Committee hailed the news as a great endorsement by the UK Government of Birmingham’s credentials to host the Games and recognition of the city’s resolve to deliver a memorable event.

Winning the international bid would have a hugely positive impact on the West Midlands as a whole and regional support remains key.


West Midlands Route Map For Growth

WMCA top people were among key speakers at yesterday’s West Midlands Route Map For Growth conference at the Vox Centre, Resorts World.

The Mayor Andy Street, incoming chief executive Deborah Cadman, interim chief executive Martin Reeves and TfWM managing director Laura Shoaf, along with monitoring officer Keith Ireland and Stella Manzie, interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, all addressed an audience of hundreds at the event, organised by Movers & Shakers.

Andy Street said it was an exciting time for the region - with ambitious plans and pressing challenges – as we negotiate further devolution of funds and powers from government and strive to make the West Midlands a great place to live, work and do business.


Iron: Man makes way for Metro

The iconic Iron: Man was moved from Victoria Square this week to make way for the Metro – following a major government funding pledge last week.

Nearly £60 million was announced towards the £149 million Westside tram extension from New Street Station to Hagley Road in Edgbaston.

Mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street and Cllr John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, joined onlookers as two cranes slowly raised the six tonne metal sculpture, created by renowned artist Antony Gormley.


New strategy director appointed

Devolution expert Julia Goldsworthy is to join the WMCA as director of strategy.

The latest of Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street’s permanent top-tier appointments, she will be a key member of the executive team led by incoming chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Julia was previously a special adviser at HM Treasury during the coalition government, where she focused on public spending and public service reform.

She takes up the post later this month, from her current role as senior adviser with professional services firm PwC.


Action plan proposed to unlock land for housing and jobs

The WMCA board will tomorrow consider an action plan to unlock hundreds of hectares of land for housing and commercial use.

The Land Delivery Action Plan proposes a package of measures and interventions aimed at speeding up the supply of land needed to underpin the WMCA’s ambitious goals for new homes, jobs and economic growth.

It builds on West Midlands Land Commission’s Final Report published earlier this year.


Eurostar arrives at National College for High Speed Rail

A retired Eurostar power car became the latest in high-tech teaching aids as the National College for High Speed Rail prepared to open its doors in Birmingham.

Alstom have donated the Eurostar car, which previously whisked 160 million passengers from London to Paris and Brussels at speeds of more than 180mph.

It will become a state-of-the-art virtual reality classroom for trainee rail engineers.

The National College will invest billions of pounds to solve Britain’s engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap.

It is the largest of five new national colleges being created by the government to give British workers world-class skills.


Intelligence to share

The WMCA customer intelligence team (CIT) has expertise to share - so why not see if they can help with your project?

Specialist skills in data collection, passenger assistance, market research and audit mean the team can add value to a wide range of projects and they are available to work with partner and stakeholder colleagues.

If you think they might be able to help it’s always worth asking – just call on 0121 214 7800 or email customerintelligenceteam@tfwm.org.uk.


St Chads lift open

The lift and stairs to St Chad’s tram stop are now open to the public, with access to platform level via St Chads Queensway.


Caught on camera

New bus lane enforcement cameras went live this week in Birmingham city centre – with potential fines of up to £60 for car drivers caught out.

This is in line with Birmingham City Council’s commitment to improving public transport, alongside the West Midlands Bus Alliance. 

In addition to all existing locations, bus lanes will now be enforced by fixed cameras on the B4128 in Bordesley Green, the A5127 and A38 Lichfield and Tyburn Roads and the A441 Pershore Road

All bus lanes in the city are enforceable, but not all have fixed cameras. Income from fines can only be spent on transport projects.


Future meetings schedule

WMCA Board (public meeting)

  • Friday 13 October - 11am
  • Friday 10 November - 11am

WMCA Programme Board (private meeting) 

  • Friday 15 September - 9am


Contact details

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Matthew Finn
PR Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
0121 214 7157

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