The West Midlands' case for £1 billion to fund major transport schemes will be formally submitted to the Government today.
Half of the money being requested - £500 million - has been earmarked by the seven metropolitan councils and the Passenger Transport Authority for the redevelopment of Birmingham's New Street Station.
The final version of the West Midlands Local Transport Plan promises a "step-change" for the region.
Priority projects include:
* Expansion of the metro tram system from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, via Dudley, and from Snow Hill to Five Ways in central Birmingham
* A 261-mile network of Red Routes to help traffic flow more freely and increase road capacity by ten per cent
* Increasing by 50 per cent the number of people who can reach a major NHS hospital by accessible public transport within half an hour, over the next five years
* Improving bus punctuality so that 83 per cent of buses arrive no more than five minutes late by 2010/11.
West Midlands transport co-ordinator, Councillor Roger Lawrence (Lab Wolverhampton), said: "The Local Transport Plan sets out a bold vision for transport in the West Midlands which will improve quality of life and boost competitiveness.
"It includes major new schemes such as metro extension and New Street Station that will deliver improved capacity and tackle congestion, and innovative initiatives to make the most of our road network. By delivering this plan we can also meet new targets for improving transport to key services like hospitals, workplaces and schools, and make a real difference to people."
The LTP outlines a bus improvement programme and closer partnership with bus operators as the key to bringing good transport links to poorly served areas.
The plan also sets a target of doubling the number of people using initiatives that offer free transport to attend job interviews.
Every school in the West Midlands will have its own travel plan within five years - a written document setting out practical measures for reducing the number of car trips made to school and for improving safety on the school journey.
Following the collapse of MG Rover, the final LTP identifies a need to maintain or enhance accessibility to the Longbridge area and A38 Central Technology Belt to help secure future employment opportunities. ..SUPL: