There is a growing need for cleaner transport in the West Midlands, including zero-emission vehicles and reduced car travel as outlined in the West Midlands Combined Authority’s #2041: actions to meet the climate crisis. Sprint will help to protect the environment through operating a low emission service on the corridor. The ultimate goal is to see a fleet of zero-emission vehicles in operation, supported by Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
Transport for West Midlands is planning to implement an Enhanced Partnership Scheme which will support the development of bus services operating on the A34/45 corridor. This partnership will incorporate bus vehicle standards requirements that mean by June 2033 all local buses must be non-diesel. This will support the West Midlands target of net-zero carbon emissions no later than 2041.
Tree planting for communities
The importance of green space is recognised by Transport for West Midlands as a promoter of good physical and mental health. As part of the works for Sprint, there are some locations where trees will need to be removed to allow for additional bus priority. We are committed to only removing trees where absolutely necessary and have worked closely with a specialist contractor to undertake a dedicated tree analysis.
As part of our commitment to the environment, we’ll be planting over 1000 new trees along the Sprint corridor which after ten years are expected to increase the original canopy coverage by 14% to an estimated 14,527 sq. m – that’s 1.2 times the size of Trafalgar Square. Planting new trees will enhance the environment and encourage biodiversity in local areas, and we want to work with local people and community groups as much as possible to help ensure we create green spaces that that residents can enjoy.