A long-term strategic transport plan to help the West Midlands unlock its economic potential has been put out to public consultation.

Movement for Growth has been developed by the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) and sets out the region’s proposed transport strategy for the next 20 years.

It includes strategic road and rail improvements, a fully integrated train, bus and rapid transit system and a comprehensive cycle network.

Cllr Roger Lawrence, chair of the ITA, said: “We need a transport system that both builds upon our existing success stories but also helps our economy grow further and creates an even better place to live.

“Transport is vitally important to this and Movement for Growth sets out in detail the specific needs of the metropolitan area and how the system can help maximise our economic and social opportunities."

The transport plan will form part of the metropolitan area's Urban Mobility Plan, around which each West Midlands council can develop individual strategies to suit it own needs while fitting in with the overarching objectives for the region.

The public consultation details and draft documents are available at: /strategy-and-publications.aspx