West Midlands Combined Authority has given Solihull Council a £10.2 million boost to help them enhance and introduce transport and infrastructure investment within the area before the arrival of HS2.
The area has real growth potential and this will be improved by this investment as it is estimated that it will help to create an additional 90,000 jobs as well as a rise of £5.3 billion annually in GVA for the West Midlands right through to 2050.
The funding is going to be used to enhance a wide range of schemes in the area such as improving routes and investing in sustainable travel. This is the second phase of projects that the UK Central Solihull growth and development programme will be delivering.
One main focus area is the way in which links between the town and the central hub for the HS2 Interchange station are improved. This includes the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham Business Park.
It has been noted that this level of investment in key schemes throughout the area will ensure that the infrastructure is in place and ready for the growth that will follow the introduction of HS2. This will make it possible for people to work, live and invest under the right conditions.
The funding and powers that have been given to the West Midlands from Whitehall will help to encourage economic growth to the point where all communities will benefit.
The success of this growth is driven by a transport system that is fully connected and efficient in ways that helps to bring Solihull and Birmingham to the forefront of an exciting era in this industry. This is why the WMCA is assisting in the funding of infrastructure projects as it is believed Solihull, Birmingham and many of the surrounding areas will benefit in a number of ways.