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 is UK’s first Future Mobility Area
Following a £20 million funding announcement, the West Midlands will pioneer innovative new transport schemes to make journeys quicker, cheaper and cleaner.
Investing the money in new technology, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will 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 roads.
Part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, TfWM will develop new services, apps and projects to improve mobility, speed up journey times and further develop a joined-up transport network across the West Midlands.
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, 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.”