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Midland Metro

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when he plans to release funding for the Midland Metro extension. (323171)

On 18 March 2010, the Department for Transport announced initial funding approval for the Midland Metro Line One extension scheme promoted by Centra, West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive.

In providing initial approval, the Department has indicated that it is willing to provide up to £81 million towards the scheme costs subject to some additional development work being undertaken by the promoter. This is a significant first step. No funding will be released until the promoter has met all of our conditions and remaining approval processes.