We welcome the Department for Transport's (DfT's) publication of their Transport Decarbonisation Plan and Rail Environmental Statement. The publications set out their commitments to decreasing the environmental impact of the UK rail network, supporting our plans to improve sustainability of rail in the West Midlands.
Central to their commitments is an ambitious programme of rail network electrification guided by Network Rail's Traction Network Decarbonisation Strategy.
In the West Midlands our priorities for electrification are:
We also fully support the DfT's aim to have air quality improvement plans for every station. Busy city centre stations should be a priority, particularly Birmingham New Street, which is partly underground and located within Birmingham's Clean Air Zone.
While we welcome the commitment to building High Speed 2 (HS2) and other line and station schemes, this must be extended to the:
Other key areas in the publication which support our plans for the West Midlands include: