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Last year, West Midlands mayor Andy Street said he had a plan to “bust” congestion — but he wouldn’t explain what it is. In August of 2017, Anne Shaw was appointed ‘director of network resilience’ at the West Midlands Combined Authority, but since then, nothing has been heard of any ideas she may have come up with. 

The Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard 2016 found that Birmingham was the ‘third most-congested [city?] in England’ and that, on average, motorists in the city spent nine per cent of their total journey time in traffic (the Birmingham Post reported on 18 October 2017).

That might indicate, perhaps, that the local authorities have failed in their efforts to relieve congestion and improve traffic movement.

Construction of the HS2 railway has the potential to worsen the situation, by creating ‘significant disruption on the regional motorway and road networks’, unless ‘carefully managed’, according to a Combined Authority news release dated 1 March 2018. It stated that a mayoral ‘Resilience Partnership’ has now been set up to ‘bust congestion’.

WMCA, 'congestion busting HS2 partnership' 01 Mar 2018

The Express and Star reported it was a “resistance partnership” that had been set up. That might be a more appropriate name, given Mr Street and WMCA’s ongoing ‘resistance’ to explaining how they are going to ‘bust congestion’.

Express and Star, 2018_03_06, 'Significant disruption warning over HS2 build'

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Written by beleben

March 6, 2018 at 10:41 am

Posted in HS2

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