Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
West Midlands transport plan approved
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a £3.4 billion transport blueprint to transform the city’s tram routes, new suburban rail lines, cycle routes and motorways.
The 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport forms part of the authority’s long term transport strategy, ‘Movement for Growth’, which sets out a number of infrastructure projects for 2026. Funding for this new programme is now being pursued.
Schemes that have been planned include extending the Midland Metro system and new cycle routes in Birmingham, a redeveloped Coventry railway station, improved M5/M6 motorway junctions and new heavy rail connection to Wolverhampton.
Roger Lawrence, lead member for transport for the WMCA and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “The Delivery Plan maps out the way forward for transport in this region in delivering future prosperity. Transport is key as we work to ensure the West Midlands punches its weight nationally and globally. HS2 will bring us closer to London and the UK’s other big city regions and make us a world-class place in which to do business.”
“Now that this blueprint has been approved we can get to work in putting it into action. These are exciting schemes that will transform transport in our region and steer investment here to create new jobs and homes, building on the significant growth and development that is already happening through HS2.”