As part of the Summer period, the following is a summary of the Birmingham City Council updates, including the further Clean Air Zone consultation;
Birmingham is a busy place this summer, please plan ahead and think about how you travel. Our advice is to:
· Leave the car at home and travel by bus, train, tram, bike, or on foot
· Car-share with family, friends, or colleagues
· Beat the traffic by travelling at quieter times
· Avoid travelling by working from home
For more information about travel in Birmingham this summer visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/summertravel
Dartmouth Circus work package
Major works around Dartmouth Circus began this week and will continue for 8 weeks. Traffic management, including reduced lanes, are in operation around Dartmouth Circus (24 hours, 7 days a week). Alternative routes and diversions will be in place but expect long delays in the area, and please consider leaving the car at home or taking alternative routes whenever possible to help reduce congestion.
Find out more about the Dartmouth Circus works package.
Ashted Circus improvements
Work is ongoing at Ashted Circus, which is now operating as a signalised junction. Night time lane closures on all approaches and exits continue (8pm-6am Mondays to Fridays). There are also off-peak (9.30am-3.30pm) day time lane closures on Nechells Parkway and Jennens Road. Pelican crossings are in place for pedestrians. Full time one way closures to traffic on Forster Street and Heneage Street also remain in place.
Find out more about the Ashted Circus works.
Clean Air Zone consultation
Air pollution is linked to nearly 900 deaths in Birmingham every year. We are proposing a Clean Air Zone which means the most polluting vehicles must pay to enter the city centre. Consultation on our plans for a Clean Air Zone for Birmingham was launched on Wednesday 4 July and runs to Friday 17 August. Please go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/caz to find out more and have your say.
A series of public drop-in sessions will be held as part of the consultation. The first of these takes place on Monday 9 July, 3pm to 6.30pm at Acocks Green Library.
South Birmingham bus changes
From Sunday 22 July National Express West Midlands made some changes to bus services in and around south and south-west Birmingham. These include timetable changes so buses run more reliably, and some route changes. New express buses will mean more direct routes to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham. Find out more about south Birmingham bus changes.
Save the date and start planning!
Getting involved with these events is a great way to encourage your workplace or organisation to promote active and sustainable travel:
· 15 August – Cycle to Work Day
· October – International Walk to School Month