A candidate in the running to be Mayor of the West Midlands region has promised to open old railway lines and build a tram network right across the area.

Conservative Andy Street, who used to be the managing director of John Lewis, also wants to establish dedicated bus lanes and introduce vehicles which he described as “cleaner”.

The winning candidate will be responsible for transport, as well as jobs and homes.

“We will re-open disused railway lines, like from Moseley to New Street, and then across the Black Country from Stourbridge to Walsall,” he said.

“We are also talking about building the tram network across the whole conurbation and with buses we’re talking about dedicated lanes and cleaner vehicles.”

The election takes place on 4th May.

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