Urgently-needed transport improvements near the former Rover plant in Longbridge have been delayed because of poor communication among local civic bodies, an MP has claimed.
The Government yesterday announced a £30 million package of transport improvements for the West Midlands.
But it did not approve proposals for a new link road connecting Longbridge to the M42 and the wider motorway network. Plans for a Long-bridge interchange connecting rail and road links around the area were also put on the backburner.
The funding announcement was based on consultations with local bodies including Birmingham City Council, the regional development agency and Centro, the body responsible for promoting public transport in the region.
But they failed to explain the urgency of regenerating Longbridge to Ministers, according to local MP Richard Burden (Lab Northfield).
He said: "It isn't just about Longbridge or former Rover workers. It's about building a strong economy for south west Birmingham as a whole."
But a Centro spokesman said: "The Government has set aside funding for the Longbridge link road even though it hasn't had full approval yet."
The Department of Transport yesterday announced it had approved funding for a £10.3 million improvement to the junction between the A4123 and the A461, in Dudley and Sandwell.
There will also be £14.8 million to improve bus services in Leamington Spa and Warwick and £10.36 million has been allocated to improve links between the NEC and Birmingham International Airport, and Birmingham and north Solihull.
It follows warnings that the NEC is struggling to compete with rival venues in other parts of the country.
The scheme will allow more buses to run, thanks to the addition of new bus lanes and improvements to junctions.
It will also provide better information at bus stops by introducing computerised upto-the-minute displays. There will also be more cycle lanes.
The NEC's difficulties were revealed earlier this year by Solihull Council, in its application for the licence to build a regional casino.
The council said the region could lose about £100 million a year because of falling visitor numbers at the conference centre.
Birmingham International Airport is planning to build a second runway, which will allow it to operate more flights and attract more customers.
Funding to rebuild Birmingham New Street was not included in yesterday's announcement, and will be considered "in the future", the Department for Transport said.
James Cooper, policy adviser with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are pleased these schemes have been approved, and it is not a surprise that New Street was not included in this announcement. But we are continuing to push for the big
wins the region needs if it is going to beat congestion, including widening of sections of the M6 and M42."
Ministers consulted local bodies including the West Midlands Regional Assembly and Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency, on the schemes that should go ahead.
But two projects recommended by the region - the Rotherwas Access Road in Herefordshire scheme and improvements at Wolverhampton Station - were rejected after the Department for Transport concluded they did not offer sufficient value for money.
Proposed extensions to the Midland Metro system were also not included, on the understanding West Midlands councils intend to include it in a later bid for money.
But a major extension to the Manchester Metrolink was given approval with £520 million of public funding.
Transport Minister Gillian Merron said: "The Government is investing record amounts in transport putting right decades of under-investment."