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Halesowen are lead conductors in the green revolution


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Green bus shelters which can improve air quality, generate their own power and even attract bees are being trialled in Halesowen.


Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has worked with the Halesowen Business Improvement District (BID) and Halesowen in Bloom to bring some plant-topped bus shelters to improve the town centre environment.


The shelters are made from recycled materials, and their roofs include plants designed to reduce carbon in the environment as well as filters to catch fine particles and improve air quality.


If the trial proves successful, more environmentally friendly stops could be installed successfully as TfWM replaces and renews its 5,000 bus shelters across the region – playing a part in helping the area achieve its #wm2041 net-zero carbon targets.


Cllr Kath Hartley, who chairs TfWM’s Transport Delivery Committee, said: “As we face this climate emergency, it is essential, we look at new ways of improving our environment.


“Not only can it make a difference to the air we breathe but offers real convenience for bus passengers with the offer of free solar-powered phone charging while they wait – a great innovation. I look forward to seeing more of these shelters on our streets in future.”


The West Midlands has placed the climate change challenge at the centre of plans for the future of transport in the region as part of the broader plans for a net-zero carbon region by 2041, as well as contributing to the UK’s ‘Race to Net Zero’ efforts in the lead-up to its hosting of COP26 in November.


Last month, the West Midlands Combined Authority submitted three bids to the Government for transport funding, including more hydrogen-powered buses, more electric vehicle charging points, more investment in cycling and walking, and an expansion of our tram, rail and bus networks and services.


Vicky Rogers of Halesowen BID said: “We continue to look at further urban greening projects and to create healthy green spaces or perhaps even walls. We have all recognised the importance of health and wellbeing throughout the pandemic, and this is certainly a positive step towards making our town greener.”


Written by: David Watkins

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