l Developed a regional Low Emissions Strategy and Action Plan with local
authorities to help identify where working regionally could accelerate local
action on air quality and carbon emissions, attract investment and improve
l Regional Energy Strategy approved by WMCA Board in January 2019.
l Extended the half-price Swift travel offer to all young people aged 16-18,
on bus, rail and Metro, enabling an extra 100,000 young people to benefit.
l Supported the delivery of early Clean Air Zone measures by securing over
£6 million to support the retrofit of buses to the highest European clean air
standard for buses (Euro VI) across the region.
l Passenger numbers on Midland Metro increased to more than eight
million in the first 12 months after opening of the Birmingham City Centre
extension. Construction of the extensions at Centenary Square, Edgbaston,
Wednesbury Brierley Hill and Wolverhampton City Centre continues.
WMCA’s most recent annual plan (June 2019) sets out where the
Combined Authority wishes to go next to pursue its shared vision
of building a region that is happier, healthier, better connected and
Building on the region’s distinctive strengths, the WMCA will work with
partners to focus activity on creating the conditions that support inclusive
economic growth. Building on the Strategic Economic Plan and other key
regional commissions, our Local Industrial Strategy sets out how we will:
l Strengthen the foundations of productivity, taking advantage of market
driven opportunities in mobility, data driven life health and life sciences,
modern services; and creative content, techniques and technologies.
l Ensure all communities can contribute to and benefit from economic
prosperity, while enhancing the environment and investing further in social
l Design our actions based on a set of inclusive indicators.
l Take full advantage of transformative investments in the region,
including High Speed 2, extensions to our metro system, the 5G test bed