On 17th February 2017, West Midlands Combined Authority’s Network Resilience Plans to co-ordinate major and multiple infrastructure programmes in the next 10-20 years were approved.
In addition to Phase 1 construction of HS2, which received royal asset on 23rd February 2017, a number of related and unrelated activities will cause logistical and co-ordination challenges for the region’s local and strategic road and rail networks, and private, public and freight transport users in the next 10-20 years. These include:
- High Speed 2, (HS2) Phase 1: with significant rail. local road and motorway interfaces and diversion works
- Delivery of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy periods 1 and 2 (RIS1 and 2) running to 2021 and 2026 respectively, being delivered by Highways England
- Network Rail’s investment in a number of capacity upgrades on the network around Birmingham
- West Midland’s Combined Authority’s own investment in HS2 connectivity, Midland Metro, and local transport
- Investment in major maintenance and utilities works
- Major development in Birmingham City Centre and other locations such as Cannock
A multi-agency partnership and governance structure is being put in place to co-ordinate and manage this, incorporating DfT, Ministerial and Mayoral leadership, a Regional Integrated Command Centre and a massive stakeholder, engagement and communications exercise. Further details can be found in the extract of the approval papers below.
News article confirming Resilience Plans approved: https://westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk/news/regional-resilience-plans-approved/