Local transport schemes across the West Midlands will benefit from £511 million of new investment over the next three years, the Government confirmed yesterday.
Transport Minister Rosie Winterton announced details of the Local Transport Capital Settlement, which helps to deliver improvements such as new road safety measures, better street lighting, road maintenance, park and ride facilities and cycle lanes.
Mrs Winterton said: "The West Midlands has proven a pioneer of innovative transport projects, having been the first region to test Active Traffic Management on the M42, as well as the first motorway toll road in the UK.
"But smaller transport schemes are also vital for an effective local transport system, allowing people to get to jobs, schools and leisure activities quickly and easily.
"This settlement will allow councils to continue the local transport improvements they've made in recent years which will, in turn, make a significant contribution to the region's attractiveness to national and international business."
The new investment, which includes £264 million for highways capital maintenance and £247 million for smaller transport improvement schemes, was originally outlined in the Government's comprehensive spending review.