What is Sprint?

Sprint is an innovative mode of transport with journey times and comfort levels based on those of a light rail system while maximising the flexibility and lower costs associated with bus technology. Sprint means improved journey times, improved reliability, higher-quality, greener public transport and easier access to transport and our communities.

Sprint makes the best use of the existing highway network with an appropriate priority for public and private transport including walking and cycling, to reduce our dependence on the private car and keep the region moving.

Like all the world’s great cities and regions, the West Midlands is building an integrated rail, bus and rapid transit network. Alongside new rail stations and metro extensions, much of this new network will be Sprint Bus Rapid Transit, the right form of rapid transit for the passenger flows on our major, high volume routes. Sprint will provide a level of service, comfort and presence close to a tram, providing dependable, shorter journey times for customers.

Sprint Bus Rapid Transit is an opportunity to expand the region’s rapid transit offer of a higher quality and more reliable travel experience.

Sprint will offer an attractive viable alternative for car drivers. Fully integrated Sprint routes combined alongside opportunities for park and ride will help to significantly reduce the number of cars coming into our cities and help to improve air quality in our region.

In order to achieve this, the West Midlands must be willing to allow Sprint priority. This would be delivered through a combination of segregated, where possible, and/or enforced dedicated road space and traffic signal prioritisation.

A Sprint BRT route can be provided for less than 25% the capital cost of Metro, and using existing highway powers can be delivered in less time. Sprint BRT offers flexibility, enabling vehicles and services to be moved, if necessary, and to cater for new developments as they are built.

The vehicles used on Sprint will deliver a similar level of customer experience to Metro, will serve limited stops, and offer an integrated customer experience.

Sprint will deliver passenger comfort and experience close to that provided on tram. Multi door boarding will support easier passenger movement throughout the vehicle, and reduce wait times at stops.

Significant investment on highway infrastructure and priority will enable priority for Sprint, providing significant improvement to journey time reliability.

Services will integrate with other public passenger services and ongoing journey requirements. Passenger information both on and off vehicle will support navigation and ongoing journeys to other West Midlands network services, be this through Real Time Information, or improved wayfinding for walking and cycling.

Improved access to jobs and growth opportunities including those provided by HS2, Birmingham’s Big City Plan, and other major employers in our region such as Jaguar Land Rover.

A new mode of transport – bus rapid transit with the comfort and speed of light rail. 75 miles (122km) of Sprint network is predicted to attract over 23 million passengers per year.

Over 80 new vehicles, with low noise, low vibration, and low emissions (final vehicle specifications and delivery will be agreed with the future Sprint operator).

High quality customer service with a distinctive brand and identity. Great passenger comfort, with airy interiors, plenty of legroom, and air conditioning.

Wi-fi, audio visual announcements, and on-board next stop information, with over 300 upgraded stops.

Reliable and dependable journey times that will be at least 20% quicker than conventional buses, saving commuters over 2 million hours in journey time per year.

Sprint schemes will be funded through the HS2 connectivity package.  Routes will ensure connections to opportunities that will drive economic growth for the region. 

We are currently working up our priority schemes.

  • Dedicated public transport lanes and signal priority to ensure dependable average speeds
  • Turn-up-and-go service
  • Stops every 500-800 metres (less frequently than local bus)


Fast and Reliable Service

  • Dedicated public transport lanes and signal priority to ensure dependable average speeds
  • Turn-up-and-go service
  • Stops every 500-800 metres (less frequently than local bus)



  • Higher capacity vehicles
  • Vehicles are often longer articulated and specially designed
  • Latest energy efficient technologies

Integrated Customer Experience

  • Access for all
  • Multiple doors for quick boarding
  • Off-board fare collection to limit dwell times
  • Enhanced waiting environment with CCTV and wayfinding
  • Cycle storage as part of an integrated customer experience, where Sprint connects with the cycle network
  • Information for onward connectivity
  • Integration with other transport


  • Spacious and comfortable interiors
  • Enhanced facilities at stopping locations
  • Wi-fi, CCTV, on-board Real Time Information and next stop information
  • Low noise vehicles and smooth running services

Routes & Maps

Seven routes have been identified as Sprint corridors with three to be delivered for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the rest, which are part of the HS2 connectivity package, by 2026. They will ensure access to key high speed rail interchanges such as Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Airport.

Sprint Standards

Sprint Standards have been developed to present the features and concept of Sprint to partners, stakeholders and interested parties. The Sprint Standards also guide the design of the physical and operational characteristics of Sprint.

You can find out more about the Sprint Standards here.