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Liam Byrne MP has today revealed a massive £1.2billion black hole in Andy Street’s investment programme - meaning that major projects in the region are unfunded and under threat.

The revelation follows analysis of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Reports and Accounts. Byrne has now written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of this week’s Budget, asking him to plug the gap and ensure funding is in place so that major projects - such as new railway lines and train stations in South Birmingham and Walsall, as well as transport improvements in Coventry – can go ahead.

The analysis also reveals serious question marks around funding for a further £4.6billion of projects which the Combined Authority now rates as ‘Amber’ or ‘Red.’

Congestion on roads across the West Midlands is getting worse as frustrated railway passengers abandon trains and are forced into their cars, says Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor Liam Byrne MP.

As new figures this week revealed the number of cancelled trains on West Midlands Railway doubled in February to an astonishing 1,070, it has emerged that the average delay on locally managed ‘A’ roads in the West Midlands has increased by 8.5% since Andy Street has been Mayor.

The Tory Mayor promised to “bust congestion” when he was elected in 2017, but these figures show journeys across the Metro region are getting worse at a rate almost three times worse than the national average. He has broken that promise and failed ....

Labour’s candidate for West Midlands Mayor Liam Byrne MP has called on the government to remove the franchise from West Midlands Railway after months of misery for the travelling public and a lack of action from the region’s Tory Mayor.

Despite being on notice to improve, performance on West Midlands Railway is in fact getting worse, with only 61% of services arriving on time in February and more than a thousand trains cancelled – double the figure for January

Labour’s Liam Byrne is also campaigning for greater local control of train services to drive up performance.

The move follows Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s successful campaign to remove the franchise from Northern Rail.