The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is the strategic authority with powers over transport, economic development and regeneration for the West Midlands

The authority consists of 18 local authorities and four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) working together to move powers from Whitehall to the West Midlands and its locally elected politicians.

It includes the seven metropolitan West Midlands councils (constituent authorities), ten non-constituent authorities/councils and one observer council, as well as the Mayor of the West Midlands. The executive body that oversees transportation (road, rail, bus and Metro) within the metropolitan county on behalf of the WMCA is called Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).

TfWM, which is part of the WMCA, is responsible for assessing and planning the region’s future transport needs and coordinates the relevant investment while working with operators to improve existing services.

TfWM provides rail and Metro park-and-ride facilities and works with bus operators to provide improvements, under the Bus Alliance.

High-speed rail

The Government announced in January 2012 its intention to bring high-speed rail in the form of HS2 to the West Midlands. In January 2013 it announced a further expansion of HS2 north to Manchester and Leeds.

Phase One from London to Birmingham is scheduled for completion in 2026; Phase Two from Birmingham to Manchester/Leeds in 2033. New HS2 connections from the West Midlands to the North West, East Midlands and Yorkshire were announced by the Government in July 2017. The first stage of £6.6 billion worth of new contracts has also been announced.

Preparatory work on Phase One has already commenced, with major construction starting in 2018/19. There is a £4.4 billion HS2 Growth Strategy to make the most of HS2 arriving in the West Midlands.

As part of this Growth Strategy there is a Local Connectivity Package of twenty transport schemes to effectively ‘plug-in’ the two new HS2 stations to local transport networks.

These schemes include the transformational East-West Metro with Metro light rail extensions to Dudley/Brierley Hill and through East Birmingham to North Solihull and the HS2 Interchange station.

West Midlands Railway

Local rail services are co-managed by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMR) – a partnership of 16 Metropolitan District, Shire and Unitary local transport authorities – and the Department for Transport under the West Midlands franchise. Services are run by West Midlands Trains (a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui) but branded West Midlands Railway.

London Northwestern runs West Coast Main Line services between London and Liverpool, which pass through the West Midlands. The franchise runs until March 2026.

West Midlands Metro

The first West Midlands Metro line opened in May 1999. West Midlands Metro links key areas along a busy transport route serving local centres on the way.

The expansion of the West Midlands Metro tram system is just one of many projects that TfWM is delivering. There are currently a number of schemes in different stages of development with around £1.3 billion being invested in extending the tram system.

The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) is a team of planning, design and construction specialists building a number of new tram extensions over the coming decade on behalf of the WMCA.

The alliance consists of the WMCA, which owns and operates the West Midlands Metro system and a consortium of design experts and rail construction specialists.

The WMCA has a wholly owned company – Midland Metro – which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the trams.

Managing Director: Laura Shoaf
Director of Customer Experience: Steve McAleavy
Director of Integrated Network Services: Pete Bond
Metro Programme Director: Phil Hewitt
Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation: Mike Waters
Director of Programme Development: Sandeep Shingadi
Director of Network Resilience: Anne Shaw
Director of Rail: Malcolm Holmes
Lead Member for Transport for the WMCA: Cllr Roger Lawrence

Address: 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands B19 3SD
Phone: 0121 200 2787