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Driving in the West Midlands

We're looking after some of the roads in the region to make driving easier. This includes managing the Key Route Network. This is a collection of the busiest roads in the West Midlands.

West Midlands Roads

Contact your local council to report a problem with a road.

If you're driving somewhere, find out about:

Birmingham has a Clean Air Zone. If you drive in Birmingham city centre, you may need to pay a clean air charge or you’ll get a fine.  

If you’re driving to a bus or train station or tram stop, you can use one of our park and ride sites. Most of them are free.

You can get road safety advice from:

Help reduce congestion 

There’s a lot of work going on in the West Midlands to improve the way we travel. This includes:

  • improving bus routes
  • extending the tram route
  • building HS2 - Britain’s new high-speed railway

We’ll also get more visitors to the region because of: 

  • Coventry City of Culture 2021
  • Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

This work means roads will be busier than normal. You can help   reduce the amount of traffic by:

  • changing the time of your journey - avoid peak times if you can
  • use public transport instead
  • walk or cycle  for shorter journeys
  • use a different route - travel apps like Waze and Google Maps can help you plan one

You can also reduce your carbon emissions by:

  • walking or cycling
  • using public transport
  • driving an electric car