West Midlands will be the first ‘Future Mobility Area’ in the UK

A total of £20m is to be invested in the West Midlands as the government named the region as the UK's first 'Future Mobility Area'.

As the Conservative Party conference kicks off in Birmingham, the government confirmed that Transport for West Midlands will work with companies to trial and demonstrate new modes of transport, services and technologies, like mobility as a service, car sharing, electric bikes and using data to bust congestion on our roads.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street announced the scheme as part of his speech to the conference on Sunday.

He said: "I am delighted that today the government is announcing that the West Midlands will be the first ‘Future Mobility Area’ in the UK.

"This is a sector where we lead the world. Autonomous vehicles are being tested in Birmingham, electric taxis manufactured in Coventry, and Range Rovers are sold around the globe.

"The Future Mobility Area will make sure the residents of the West Midlands can travel around the region as quickly, easily and cheaply as possible."

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling added: "Thanks to the fantastic work of Mayor Andy Street, Birmingham is set to continue its upward trajectory as a cutting edge city that innovates and leads the world.

"We will create an environment where new technologies and services can be deployed, giving passengers more choice than ever before.

"Whether you’re travelling to work or training or education, all will benefit from the innovation to come."

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