West Midlands Trains holds inaugural Transport Integration Forum

West Midlands Trains holds inaugural Transport Integration ForumThe Transport Integration Forum provided an opportunity for delgates to discuss a range of issues including access and inclusion on the railway

Transport providers, businesses, local authorities and local communities have come together at a first-of-its-kind event held by West Midlands Trains.

The inaugural Transport Integration Forum is a unique opportunity to explore ways to improve connectivity and travel integration issues across the West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway networks.

A variety of topics were covered, including station travel planning, improving ‘Access for All’, investment in car and cycle parking and incentives for business. There was also a look at how Community Rail can support integrated transport planning in the future and how we can use the planning process at strategic and local levels to place our stations at the heart of the community

Key partners including AcORP, TfWM, PTRC/CILT, Sustainability West Midlands, nextbike and Smartgo were also in attendance, along with WMT team members. A number of ‘market stalls’ were held between the main sessions, to enable delegates to talk more extensively about the issues important to them on a one-to-one basis.

Andy Camp, commercial director at West Midlands Trains said:

“The forum is an important first step to improve the transport network for all. The key is to look at how all forms of transport can work together, not in isolation. People are interested in their whole end-to- end journey not fragments of it. We want to work with partners to make the door-to-door journey easier and simpler.”

Paul Webster, operations manager at the Association of Community Rail Partnerships said:

“ACoRP were pleased to be part of the WMT Transport Integration Forum. We strongly support an integrated accessible public transport network linked with opportunities for increased use of walking and cycling routes to railway stations. This is a valuable partnership to co-create sustainable transport solutions for all across the WMT network.”

Julian Scriven, CEO of nextbike, who are delivering the West Midlands bikeshare scheme said:

“I found the event incredibly useful for gaining a deeper understanding of the plans for integration, first mile/final mile initiatives and delivering sustainable travel solutions. The event was perfectly timed as it was just ahead of the Cycle City event in Manchester, where similar themes were discussed with leading national figures in cycle promotion”

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