The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) board has approved draft plans drawn up by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), in partnership with Birmingham 2022 and Birmingham City Council, that will ensure the region keeps moving when hundreds of thousands of sports fans arrive next summer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The emphasis is to make it as easy as possible for spectators to leave the car at home and use public transport to get to events, helping to manage congestion on the wider network for regular commuters, deliveries and emergency services going about their daily business.
New public transport services including the redeveloped Perry Barr and University railway stations and a Sprint rapid bus service linking three key Games venues, will be available for spectators and visitors while leaving a valuable transport legacy for the region.
People will also be encouraged to use park and ride facilities and to undertake active travel for shorter journeys, with green routes set out for cycling and walking.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “When the Commonwealth Games starts next year we will have the eyes of the world on the West Midlands, and so it is mission critical that all our visitors can travel around swiftly and efficiently whilst minimising the impact on residents. That’s why I’m delighted that travel from within the region to Games’ venues will be included in people’s tickets, making it as easy as possible for visitors to travel by bus, train, tram, cycling, and walking.
“Not only that, but we’re also setting up additional Park and Ride facilities, laying on shuttle buses, and of course drawing up detailed local traffic and parking plans for each venue. This is on top of our new Sprint rapid bus service, which will be operational by then linking three key Games venues.
“With more than one million spectators expected over the eleven days, as well as competitors, volunteers, staff and the world’s media, we have to get our transport offering just right. We believe this plan does exactly that.”
Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council added: “The easiest way to get around during the Birmingham Commonwealth Games will be by using public transport, cycling or walking – especially for the spectators, staff and volunteers.”