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West Midlands (GB)

West Midlands (GB)

London aside, the West Midlands is the largest urban area in the world’s sixth largest economy. It is the manufacturing centre of the UK and its central location means that any north west-south-east or north east-south west national movement travels through, or around our conurbation.

The history of the West Midlands is a proud one, “the workshop of the world”, based on industrial growth of distinct communities in the multi-centred Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and the historic city of Coventry. Regeneration and reinvention are apace, as the West Midlands transforms itself into an advanced manufacturing and high-end services economy in a place where people want to live and work.

Our vision in West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan “Movement for Growth” is:

“We will make great progress for a Midlands economic ‘Engine for Growth’, clean air, improved heath and quality of life for the people of the West Midlands. We will do this by creating a transport system befitting a sustainable, attractive and economically vibrant conurbation in the world’s sixth largest economy”

West Midlands is involved in EU project: MobiWallet

  • Member Type: Full Member
  • Management Committee: No
General Information
  • Land area: 268
  • Total population: 2.8 m (2014)
  • Population density: 31.2 persons per hectare (2014)
Road network length
  • Motorways: NA
  • Main roads: 1050 km for "A" and "B" roads (2011)
  • Secondary roads: 6610 km for "C" and unclass roads (2011)
  • Cycling network: NA
Traffic volume
  • Traffic volume: NA
Public transport
  • Metro: NA
  • Tram: 5 m journeys per year (2015)
  • Bus: 275 m journeys per year (2014)
Modal split
  • Car: 63 % (2013)
  • Public transport: 13 % (2013)
  • Cycling: 1 % (2013)
  • Walking: 22 % (2013)
  • Other NA