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Billion pound transport plans for West Midlands include underground lines and 21 new rail stations

Transport plans have been proposed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Credit: West Midlands Combined Authority

Plans for a huge expansion of the West Midlands' metro and rail services have been suggested, which would create a London Underground style transport network.

The plans have been put forward by West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, as part of his re-election campaign.

What is it?

  • The network would cost £15billion and take 20 years to complete.
  • 150 miles long
  • 380 new stops
  • Eight new Metro lines
  • 21 new rail stations

How would it be paid for?

Coming in at £15billion, or around £750 million per year for the next 20 years, Andy Street claims the costs would be met by more funding from central Government, contributions from housing and commercial developers and borrowing against the future income from ticket sales on the Metro.

Where will the stations be?

The 21 new stations would include re-opening the Sutton Park Line, starting with Aldridge station, re-opening Pelsall and Brownhills stations, and building a new station at Tettenhall.

New Birmingham stations would also be created in Balsall Heath and Dudley Road.

New technology such as driverless pods would be used in Coventry to connect key sites such as the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover, Ansty and the City Centre.

Four new stations would also be added in Coventry at Coundon Road, Foleshill, Coventry South and Binley/Willenhall.

Plans to re-open the Camp Hill line and the Walsall to Wolverhampton line are at planning stage already.

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The lines will be named after prominent West Midlands figures, such as the politician and former mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain and the MacArthur line named after Mary MacArthur - the women's trade unionist.

The Lee Woods line honours the famous mathematician and scientist, Mary Lee Woods and the Zephaniah line is named after the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

Andy Street says he doesn’t want the area to be left behind.

For too long we have been left behind by London and Manchester, and other cities around the world.

"We are a world-class city region and we deserve a world-class Metro and rail network.

In recent years we have made great progress completing the Metro extension to Centenary Square on time and on budget, and bringing the plans for the new rail stations to life in South Birmingham and the Black Country.

But now is time for the next stage of ambition. This plan will connect communities which haven’t had Metro or rail lines for decades, and restore pride in the West Midlands.

– Andy Street
Eight new Metro lines are included in the proposals. Credit: ITV News Central

It follows years of work in Birmingham City Centre to extend the existing tram network.

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