Consultation on Wolverhampton transport plan, including Sprint BRT

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Wolverhampton could see the development of a Sprint rapid transit network to the i54 business park, direct regular rail services to Walsall and improved motorway junctions under a strategic transport plan aimed at delivering economic growth and the ability to transform the West Midlands.

Sprint has been identified by city planners as a future option for linking Wolverhampton with the i54 business park although funding would have to be obtained further to any future approval.

The possible benefits to the city form part of Movement for Growth, a long-term transport strategy developed by the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA).

Seven public meetings are being held across the West Midlands throughout September and October to map out the projected developments for the region over the next 20 years, which form part of a 12 week public consultation process.

Cllr Roger Lawrence, the chair of the ITA and leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said: “These plans allow each constituent local authority within the West Midlands to develop individual strategies to suit their needs, which also fit in with this bigger picture for the region.

“Transport plays a vital part in the prosperity of this region, both now and in the future, and I would urge people to let us know what they think so that we can use those views to help shape where we are going.”