Innovation & Technology

Advances in technology and innovation are changing the way we use, experience and access transport. We’re developing plans including region-wide 'tap and cap' smart ticketing payment system for public transport, harnessing technology on the road network and working to support local authorities as they accelerate the roll out of Electric Vehicle charging points.

Smart Ticketing

We've worked with Transport for the West Midlands and Nottingham City Council to develop plans for a region wide, 'tap and cap' smart payment system for public transport. Once delivered, it will allow passengers to travel seamlessly across multiple modes of transport including bus, tram and train, paying for travel via one smart device such as a debit card or mobile phone, with fares falling under a daily payment cap.

We're seeking £20million from Government to deliver this 'tap and cap' system, which could be up and running in some parts of the region by 2022 and region wide by 2024.

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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