Birmingham’s mayor Andy Street has released a map showing how the city’s transport system could look by 2040 if he is re-elected as mayor in this May’s mayoral election. Street has put a £15 billion price tag on his plan, which is what Crossrail was originally meant to cost. For Street to put the plan into effect, he would have to negotiate with both Network Rail, and local authorities controlled by opposition parties, The practical difficulties involved in implementing the proposal mean that it’s unlikely ever to happen. It’s possible though that the purpose of the plan is simply to get Street re-elected. You can read more about the scheme in this Guardian article.