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Birmingham city council, GBS LTB page at 18 September 2014

According to the Birmingham city council website, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Transport Board (GBS LTB) “has been established to prioritise and oversee the delivery of Local Major Transport Schemes, which will be delivered in the period 2015 – 2019 for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull geography”.

[Birmingham city council]

By the end of July 2013, GBS LTB will have agreed a provisional programme of schemes which will be developed for final funding approval in advance of April 2015 when the capital funding becomes available. The Department for Transport (DfT) has given GBS LTB an indicative funding allocation of £35.8 million for the 2015-19 delivery period. The DfT have also advised that the actual allocation could be one third higher or lower than the indicative amount. The final allocation will be determined following the next Government Spending Review.


• Andrew Cleaves – GBS LEP Board Lead for Transport
• Jerry Blackett – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group
• Mike Batheram – WSP
• Cllr Sir Albert Bore – Birmingham City Council
• Cllr Ted Richards – Solihull MBC
• Cllr John Campion – Representing N. Worcs Districts
• Cllr Steven Claymore – Representing S. Staffs Districts
• Cllr Philip Atkins – Staffordshire County Council
• Cllr Simon Geraghty – Worcestershire County Council
• Cllr John McNicholas – WMITA
Meeting Dates

• Thursday 15 May 2014, 10:00 – 12:00
Committee Room 2, Council House
• Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10:00-12:00
• Tuesday 11 November 2014, 10:00-12:00
• Tuesday 10 February 2015, 10:00-12:00

If GBS has been established ‘to prioritise and oversee the delivery of Local Major Transport Schemes for the Greater Birmingham & Solihull geography’, why are councillors from places like Staffordshire on the board?

Curiouser still is the representation of WSP, a Canadian-owned consultancy firm. It has been handed huge contracts (including the ‘Mobility Action Plan’ and ‘Cycling Revolution’) by Birmingham city council.

Written by beleben

September 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Centro, Politics

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