Innovation & Technology

Advances in technology and innovation are changing the way we move around. We’re developing plans including region-wide smart ticketing on public transport, harnessing technology on the road network and making the most of the 5G revolution.

£80 million

Government programme to introduce smart ticketing in England and Wales

Smart Ticketing

We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get around the Midlands using public transport. The technology needed to make it a reality is already transforming the way people pay for and gain access to public transport.

We are supporting Transport for West Midlands and Nottingham City Council as they introduce mobile payments linked to a Swift or Robin Hood travel card.

Our long term aspiration is to develop a smart ticketing product which would allow people in the Midlands to use travel cards, bank cards, mobile phones and other smart devices across the region, using different modes of transport, seamlessly and affordably.

This would be signal a step-change in the way people get around the Midlands. We think there is sufficient demand for it, and we're investigating the possibility of a trial.

Major Road Network Technology Strategy

Midlands Connect has responsibility for submitting priority improvement schemes on the Major Road Network (MRN), a newly defined tier of economically important local authority A roads.

We are developing a complementary technology strategy for the MRN to maximise connectivity. We're investigating opportunities like universal 5G coverage, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), access to electric vehicle charging points and full integration with technological innovations on the Strategic Road Network (SRN).

Working closely with Midlands Connect stakeholders, we've identified quick win options like variable message signage and dynamic real-time road works information, alongside longer term strategic priorities including an audit of electric vehicle charging points.

The role of 5G

The Midlands is leading the way in the rollout of 5G technology, with the potential to transform a number of business sectors. We're researching the opportunities 5G presents for transport, including its benefits for road, rail and CAV technologies.


Robin Hood smartcards registered in Greater Nottingham

40 million

Swift smartcard journeys made in the West Midlands in 2017/18

“Our active role in Midlands Connect allows us to contribute to large-scale projects we would be unable to take on as an individual highways and transport authority. Smart ticketing is a good example… and we look forward to seeing this piloted soon.”

Cllr Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure,
Derbyshire County Council

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