As a result Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has been set up as part of the WMCA to co-ordinate investment to improve the region’s transport infrastructure and create a fully integrated, safe and secure network. It is also responsible for assessing and planning the region’s future transport needs so the network can meet the demands of businesses and a growing population.
The expansion of the Midland Metro tram system is just one of the many projects that TfWM is delivering to help meet those future needs. Working in partnership with bus and train operators, TfWM develops integrated and smart ticketing while providing free fares for the elderly and disabled and half price travel for children.
We provide Park and Ride facilities and work with operators to provide other improvements, such as Bus Alliance or proposals to devolve more powers over local rail services to us as West Midlands Rail. As owners of Midland Metro we promote and develop Line One and its ongoing extensions.
Funding is also used to support the Ring and Ride service and provide socially necessary bus services on those routes or at those times that are not commercially viable for the private bus companies.
By forging voluntary partnerships and agreements with bus and train operators, TfWM helps drive through improvements to services while providing other benefits for passengers. These include free Park and Ride facilities at stations and travel information through mobile apps and real time information as well as the traditional paper timetables at bus stops. Visit Network West Midlands for more on passenger information and ticketing.
Help and support is also provided to help people travel in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Particular support is offered for cycling, including cycle routes and storage, bike maintenance, safe riding courses and security marking.