Home Company News Government funding for West Midlands Very Light Rail schemes

Government funding for West Midlands Very Light Rail schemes

TramForward, the campaign arm of the Light Rail Transit Association, has welcomed the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority has obtained government funding for two Very Light Rail projects.

These two are included in the eight ‘shovel ready’ projects in the West Midlands which will benefit from £66 million from the government’s Getting Building Fund, aimed at projects which can be started quickly and completed within 18 months, creating jobs and driving investment to aid economic recovery following the Coronavirus lockdown.

The list was confirmed on Tuesday 4 August by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, during a visit to the site of the planned National Brownfield Land Institute at the University of Wolverhampton.

The two VLR schemes are: the Very Light Rail Innovation Centre in Dudley (£12.4 million), where new modes of transport which are both green and cheaper and quicker to deliver than traditional tram or rail are being developed; and Coventry’s Very Light Rail project (£1.8 million).

Jim Harkins, chair of the Light Rail Transit Association’s Campaigns Group, said: “We welcome this support for these innovative schemes which have the potential to revolutionise public transport provision in our smaller and medium-sized towns and cities.”


Barnham railway depot celebrates 25 years

The Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) depot at Barnham is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Formed in 1995 with...

World’s first solar and hydrogen powered cabins trialled by HS2

HS2 has trialled solar and hydrogen-powered welfare cabins across its work locations run by enabling and main works civils joint ventures CSjv...

Historic rail bridge improved near Darlington

Teams from Network Rail have carried out improvement work on Skerne Bridge in Darlington, the oldest railway bridge in the world in...

New Moseley railway station gets planning permission

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has approved plans for Moseley station, which means that all three proposed stations on the Camp Hill...

Ian Wilson to expand rail freight offering at Forth Ports

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group that owns and operates eight commercial ports in the UK – Tilbury on the...