A regional transport plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been considered by the West Midlands Combined Authority board. The plan sets out which transport projects will be delivered in time for the Games including improvements to Coventry, University and Perry Barr rail stations extending the West Midlands Metro to Edgbaston and the first phase of three new Sprint rapid bus routes.
More than 12,000 athletes, officials and media will join 41,000 staff, volunteers and contractors and more than one million ticketed spectators so extra services will be needed to keep the city moving during the 11 days of competition.
The plan outlines how extra capacity will be built into the network and how public transport will be strengthened to keep the region moving, making sure residents, businesses and visitors can continue to travel around the West Midlands.
Andy Street, mayor of the West Midlands, says: “Visitor experience is absolutely paramount to the success of the Games and part of that is to make sure there are frequent and reliable transport options for both athletes and spectators in the West Midlands.
“But making improvements to transport is not just about those few weeks when the Games are on – it is also about providing a lasting legacy for local people who will benefit for years to come.”
Ian Reid, chief executive, Birmingham 2022, adds: “The draft Games Strategic Transport Plan is an important document for Birmingham 2022, for the partners we are working closely with and for residents of the host city and region.
“It not only sets out how we will work with our partners to ensure that key groups such as athletes, spectators, officials and media will get to each venue on time but it also demonstrates our focus on minimising the impact that the Games will have on local people and businesses across the host city and region during that short period in July and August 2022.”