Congestion targeted in £50m West Midlands scheme

A41 The area of the A41, between Wolverhampton and West Bromwich, will benefit from the project

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A £50m project to cut traffic congestion and help improve the West Midlands economy has been launched.

Measures to help people make fewer car journeys include having better walking and cycling routes and giving more travel information on mobile phones.

The scheme also provides free travel passes for unemployed people going to interviews or starting new jobs.

Transport Minister Norman Baker launched the project, which involves 10 routes, at Sandwell Council House.

Routes in south Birmingham, in north Solihull and between Wolverhampton to West Bromwich and Walsall and the Westfield Merry Hill shopping centre will benefit.

The Birmingham Airport and NEC areas are also part of the scheme, along with the A41 Warwick Road, the road from Birmingham to Walsall, the west of the Black Country, the A457 Dudley Road and north Coventry.

West Midlands transport authority Centro and local councils will deliver the Smart Network, Smarter Choices scheme, which includes improving road junctions, over three years.

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