Agenda and decisions

Venue: Room 116, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

Contact: Janna Simpson  Governance Services Officer

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

Presented By: Chair


Councillor Aqeela Choudhry (Sandwell), Councillor Amo Hussain (Walsall), Councillor Narinder Kaur Kooner (Birmingham), Councillor Josh O'Nyons (Solihull) and Councillor Alan Taylor (Dudley).


Minutes - 4 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 215 KB

(including action log)

Presented By: Chair

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The minutes were agreed as a correct record, subject to a minor amendment to minute no. 22.


Rail Ticket Office Closures pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Presented By: Tom Painter

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(1)      The update on rail ticket office closures was noted.


(2)      A report would be submitted to a future meeting providing further details on the on-going process.


Member Engagement Group Progress Reports pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Presented By: Chair


(1)      The report was noted.


(2)      The recommendation of the Air Quality, Congestion & Environmental Impact Member Engagement Group that the WMCA Board considered adopting, as part of development of the Regional Air Quality Framework, stretch targets which were more ambitious in terms of timescales and pollutant concentration targets than the Government’s air quality targets, and which were closer to World Health Organisation targets for NO2 and PM2.5 was supported.



Work Programme pdf icon PDF 131 KB

(a) Transport Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Committee Work Programme

(b) WMCA Board Forward Plan

Presented By: Lyndsey Roberts

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The work programme was noted.


Exclusion of the Public and Press

[In accordance with s100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business as it is likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as specified in paragraph 3 of the Act.]

Presented By: Chair


The public and press were excluded for the remainder of the meeting.


West Midlands Rail Fares Reform Update

Presented By: Peter Sargant / Paula Higgins


(1)      It was noted that under the Trailblazer Deeper Devolution Deal, there was a commitment for the Great British Railways Transition Team, the Department for Transport and the WMCA to agree the scope of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go smart ticketing scheme by the end of 2023.


(2)      It was noted that the current range of rail fares did not provide a simple, consistent passenger offer and was not compatible with the future Pay-As-You-Go scheme.


(3)      It was noted that it was proposed to implement a two-stage process to reform rail fares with an initial package of rail fare changes planned for implementation next year, to be followed by further packages of changes aligned with the implementation of Pay-As-You-Go.


Date of Next Meeting

Presented By: Chair


Monday 11 December 2023 at 1.00pm.