Accessible and Connected Update January
The Birmingham Emergency Transport Plan, Set out plans for a wide range of emergency measures to support walking, cycling and public transport throughout the city, in light of the impact of COVID-19.
We liaised with Birmingham City Council (BCC) on the city centre element of this programme. Primarily this involved pavement widening to aid social distancing and related car parking bay relocations. Works are have been completed in these locations; Temple Row West, Church Street (‘opposite’ Hotel Du Vin), Edmund Street (outside the Old Contemptible’s), Edmund Street (outside The Florence).
The Birmingham Transport Plan 2031 describes what the city needs to do differently to meet the demands of the future.
Colmore BID submitted comments to the BCC plan to create segments around the city centre that will prevent private vehicles from moving between those designated areas. See above map.
Numerous businesses have recorded severe disruption on egress at the end of the working day in the segment to the eastern end of the BID area. Colmore BID collated these complaints and submitted a report to the BCC Transport Scrutiny Committee. As a result of these protestations this led to the lifting of the bus gate at St Chad’s, Colmore BID has asked for the bus gate on Snow Hill Queensway to be lifted in addition.
Cross-City Bus Proposal
Details have emerged from BCC and TfWM on the proposals to allow numerous bus routes to cross via the city centre. The working group considered details of the impact these proposals around Margaret Street, Cornwall Street and Newhall Street. The redistribution of bus stops, new bus gates and private vehicles and traffic restrictions were all noted and the response was submitted from Colmore BID to TfWM; all of our objections have been acted upon.
Colmore BID attended a briefing session on progress with implementation of the scheme. The overall usage in the centre of Birmingham is higher than in comparable cities. Some 35,000 journeys had been taken in 70 days. As a result of this level of usage the city council, WMCA and Voi (the provider) have extended the hire area along the A34 and A38 routes out to neighbourhoods.