The West Midlands is to receive £26.6 million of Government funding to introduce new congestion-busting technology and traffic flow improvement measures across the region.
It is expected the package of measures will also help to cut vehicle emissions by providing monitoring of pollution levels on major routes for the first time.
The bid includes plans for:
* A new regional control centre for the road network, enabling councils to communicate more effectively;
* Upgrading of traffic lights, pelican crossings and CCTV systems;
* More variable messaging signs to provide drivers with up-to-date information, particularly around congestion hotspots;
* Enhanced environmental monitoring, including provision of measuring equipment on key routes so that pollution levels can be rigorously checked.
West Midlands councils submitted the bid in May as part of their Urban Traffic Control scheme.
Installation work for the new technology will begin in September and is likely to be completed by 2013. The measures are part of a series of proposals put forward by the councils as alternatives to congestion charging.
Angus Adams, chairman of the West Midlands Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “The Government’s endorsement is a fantastic boost for our ambitious package of traffic control schemes. This is an important step forward in helping the West Midlands to tackle congestion and delivering improved journey times, both for motorists and bus users.’’