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Transport: Coventry

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to improve (a) rail transport links and (b) other elements of transport infrastructure in Coventry. (278610)

The Government have invested in long-term public transport improvements in and around Coventry. Funding provided to local authorities in the West Midlands conurbation, including Coventry, for local transport capital projects has increased from £22 million in 2000-01 to over £51 million in 2009-10.

Coventry has benefited from the £8.8 billion investment in the West Coast Main Line upgrade. Since December 2008, Coventry rail users have seen an improved frequency of intercity services from Birmingham to London from two to three per hour and an increase in rail services from Birmingham to Northampton from one to two trains per hour. Coventry is now served by seven trains per hour to Birmingham.

With regard to other transport infrastructure in and around Coventry, we have invested over £28 million in the Coventry Primelines Bus Network scheme, a package of improvements aimed at improving bus travel in Coventry. Coventry is also benefiting from over £50 million of investment across the West Midlands conurbation in upgrading the Urban Traffic Control Centre and the first phase of the Red Routes network.