The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) board has approved a £28m package to ease congestion in the Midlands. £16m will go towards a regional control centre, while £12m is earmarked for road and traffic signal improvement projects focused on congestion hotspots.
The Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC) will be set up by the end of this year. It aims to provide transport bosses with a birds-eye view of the whole transport system, helping them to identify and tackle problems more quickly when congestion builds.
Data monitored and collected by the centre will be used to help shape future improvements to the road network.
The £28m funding package comes in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “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.”
Roger Lawrence, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, added: “This can be a huge step forward for tackling congestion in the West Midlands and supporting our investments in transport infrastructure. Never before have we been able to manage roads and public transport on this scale.”