WMPTAWest Midlands Passenger Transport Authority (UK)
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Coun Clarke, asked whether the WMPTA had quietly dropped the "5Ws" proposal and to confirm whether it was dead, said that it was "still in the plan".
WMPTA has launched fresh negotiations with the new owners in a bid to get the project back on track.
Look around you: what have the district councils and WMPTA actually got to show out there on the ground in terms of new public transport infrastructure in the West Midlands since the Conservatives took control of the region in 2004?
As Coun Clarke's predecessor at WMPTA, I was instrumental in winning this service and the extension of the Birmingham - Walsall - Rugeley service beyond Rugeley to Stafford in 1997 (also now facing the axe), as part of the agreement with the dying Conservative Government on rail privatisation.
A report to WMPTA's transport strategy committee describes the DfT decision as "fundamentally flawed" and suggests the Government has misunderstood the reimbursement scheme.
Centro, the WMPTA's public transport co-ordinator, organises inspections at bus shelters six days a week.
WMPTA chairman Gary Clarke, said: "More and more people are travelling by train in the West Midlands and this makes a big contribution to tackling congestion.
I can assure members of WMPTA that if the results of my campaigning on this issuein Castle Vale over the weekend are anything to go by, then there is certainly overwhelming demand from local people for the reopening of a Castle Bromwich station, which closed in 1968 - ironically just as this massive housing estate was beginning to grow.
WMPTA chairman Cllr Gary Clarke said: "The personal security of passengers is essential to a quality public transport system even if actual crime levels are low.
A spokesman for public transport co-ordinator Centro stressed the organisation works with the WMPTA.
WMPTA chairman, Cllr Gary Clarke, said: "We are left with the situation where the turn-up-and-go service linking Birmingham with the airport, NEC and Coventry will effectively disappear.
Cllr Richard Worrall, chairman of the WMPTA, said: "This recognition for our over 60's travel scheme is very welcome."