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Driving in the West Midlands

We're looking after some of the roads in the region to make driving easier. This includes managing the Key Route Network. This is a collection of the busiest roads in the West Midlands.

West Midlands Roads

Contact your local council to report a problem with a road.

If you're driving somewhere, find out about:

Birmingham has a Clean Air Zone. If you drive in Birmingham city centre, you may need to pay a clean air charge or you’ll get a fine.  

If you’re driving to a bus or train station or tram stop, you can use one of our park and ride sites. Most of them are free.

Help reduce congestion 

There’s a lot of work going on in the West Midlands to improve the way we travel. This includes:

  • improving bus routes
  • extending the tram route
  • building HS2 - Britain’s new high-speed railway

This work means roads will be busier than normal. You can help reduce the amount of traffic by:

  • changing the time of your journey - avoid peak times if you can
  • use public transport instead
  • walk or cycle for shorter journeys
  • use a different route - travel apps like Waze and Google Maps can help you plan one

You can also reduce your carbon emissions by:

  • walking or cycling
  • using public transport
  • driving an electric car

Road Safety

Regional road casualty figures show that between 2017 and 2021 there were 193 killed and seriously injured road casualties involving a goods vehicle.

Far too many road users are killed or injured in collisions involving someone who is at work. Road safety is a shared responsibility.

TfWM has teamed up with National Highways and Driving for Better Business (DfBB) to offer guidance and support to local businesses & organisations by demonstrating the significant business benefits of managing road-related risk more effectively.

The DfBB scheme offers access to free online tools, information, and resources tailored to help local businesses with staff who drive for work. Its aim is to reduce work-related road risk.

You can also get road safety advice from: