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VLR Coventry

This package is fundamental to the creation of Very Light Rail solutions which will be cheaper (approximately 30% of the costs of conventional tram systems), greener (zero emissions) and quicker to deliver than existing Light Rail. It could be used to provide new city centre ‘trams’ and as a low-cost solution on rail branch lines, allowing disused lines to reopen and lower cost services to be provided on existing lines.

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VLR Coventry

This package is fundamental to the creation of Very Light Rail solutions which will be cheaper (approximately 30% of the costs of conventional tram systems), greener (zero emissions) and quicker to deliver than existing Light Rail. It could be used to provide new city centre ‘trams’ and as a low-cost solution on rail branch lines, allowing disused lines to reopen and lower cost services to be provided on existing lines.

Funding: Total Cost: £3,565,800, Getting Building Funding: £1,765,800

It will be the foundation for a new industry - creating high-value jobs and skills, leveraging the strengths of West Midlands’ automotive technologies and skills, generating skilled jobs across the region, creating economic growth through exports and supporting West Midlands/ Midlands Engine Industrial Strategies.

It is a package of four connected projects (Capital Equipment, Coventry Shuttle Halt, Test Track 2 supporting package, VLR Workshop), which are intrinsically linked to the Very Light Rail Innovation Centre in Dudley.