Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is a core department within the recently established West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA, 2016). Both are local government organisations which lead and unite seven constituent councils to manage investment, pool resources and set the strategic direction for regional policy. The West Midlands region encompasses three cities, post-industrial and suburban settlements, and 2.8 million residents. The area is characterised by the diversity of both its population and urban landscape.
TfWM is driven by the ambition to create an improved transport network that can support growth, regeneration, social improvements and the environment. It operates under the twenty-years strategic plan ‘Movement for Growth’, which recognises the role of an inclusive, evidence-based transport system in realising wider outcomes. Indeed, TfWM acts as an engine within WMCA by synergising with the emerging departments that will shape the region’s strategy for skills, housing, health and public sector reform.
Innovation is fundamental to TfWM’s success, and smart mobility is recognised as ‘the glue which binds the strategy together’ (Movement for Growth). TfWM recognise the evolving demands and solutions for mobility, and are facilitating the UK’s first trial of Mobility as a Service through partnering with the company MaaS Global. TfWM also proactively explore emerging and disruptive technologies, working towards regional strategies for electric vehicles and drones, and building a world-leading test environment for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Through collaboration, innovation, and evidence-led policy, TfWM are working to foster a transport network that will work for everyone, for the future.