Solihull’s New Transport Strategy and Delivery Plan
These are exciting times for the borough. There are significant opportunities for investment that could ensure our environment, economy and health are maintained and enhanced.
Solihull Council has embarked on a strategy of ‘managed growth’ through the promotion of ‘UK Central’. This plan brings together all of the economic assets of the borough including regional business parks, town centres, Jaguar Land Rover, the Airport, future HS2 and the NEC. The Council is determined to make this vision of ‘managed growth’ a reality.
It is hugely important for us to clearly make the case for investment and demonstrate how we will manage growth in a sustainable way, especially with the newly formed West Midlands Combined Authority and Devolution Deal. We need to have a clear transport strategy for the arrival of HS2 and future development opportunities.
As the first station north of London, HS2 will highlight the need for more investment in Solihull’s local transport network. The Council is keen to capitalise on this prominence to secure improvements across the borough. The ambition behind Solihull Connected is to plan for balanced investment in transport infrastructure that still caters for cars, while emphasising alternatives.
The strategy represents our policy position on transport investment and comes after a six-month period of consultation and discussion on the Solihull Connected Green Paper. During this time there was excellent engagement with the public and stakeholders who endorsed an overall vision for transport.
The strategy is now accompanied by a detailed Delivery Plan which sets out our key investment priority areas including: enabling the HS2 Growth Strategy and Local Plan Review, connecting UKC growth centres, supporting access to business parks and housing sites, promoting a transformation in public transport, cycling improvements, increasing road network reliability and resilience and creating innovative local community transport initiatives.
The Delivery Plan will be used as the basis for attracting funding and it will be reviewed every 6 months.