Birmingham Connected Update

Birmingham Connected LogoThis is the latest update containing transport news and information for the city.


Quote from Birmingham City Council website:

“Birmingham Connected is the umbrella for all transport planning activity across the city and is underpinned by the Birmingham Connected White Paper, our 20 year transport strategy.”

Birmingham Connected has issued the following information.


Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update, containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.

Topics in this update:

Birmingham Cycle Revolution canal towpath improvements

20mph speed limits

Pedestrian access around Paradise

Bank holiday public transport update

Metro – new access arrangements

Metro Consultation – Eastside Extension

Brompton Bike Hire

Motorcycling campaign 2016

 Birmingham Cycle Revolution canal towpath improvements

Birmingham’s infamous canal network provides traffic free routes for cyclists and pedestrians through many parts of the city. As part of Birmingham Cycle Revolution many of the canal towpaths have been resurfaced with a clean, well-drained surface, also designed to improve grip. Access points have been improved and gates or barriers have been opened up. Many of these improvements are already complete and all towpath improvements are due to be complete this summer.

More about BCR, including fuller progress updates are at

20mph speed limits

The speed limit on some residential roads and in some local centres is changing to 20mph. Work will take place in central Birmingham between now and the end of September. Amey, working on behalf of the city council, will install road signs and 20mph markings on the road. Most of the work will be completed during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, between 8am and 5pm. In certain busy locations, work may need to be completed outside these hours to minimise disruption. This is part of a wider scheme to lower speed limits in central Birmingham (within the ring road). For more about 20mph speed limits in Birmingham visit

Pedestrian access around Paradise

There will be a slight change to pedestrian access around the Paradise redevelopment from Wednesday 11 May. The walkway to the Copthorne Hotel from the bridge over Easy Row will be closed and pedestrian access to the Copthorne Hotel, 77 Paradise Circus , Summer Row and UCB will be via a new walkway off Easy Row, at road level (fenced off from traffic).

A new plan will be available soon on

Bank holiday public transport

Public transport users are advised to plan ahead for travel over the forth-coming bank holiday. Most bus and train operators and Midlands Metro will operate a Sunday service on Monday 30 May. Full details of service changes and how your journey will be affected can be found on the NWM website.

Network rail have issued a thank you to rail users for their patience over the first May bank holiday weekend while they carried out part of the Rail Upgrade Plan. Works are often planned over the long weekend when passenger numbers are typically fewer than half, minimising disruption as far as possible. More information can be found on the National Rail website.

Metro new access arrangements

From 6 May Corporation Street, Stephenson Street and Upper Bull Street are access only in preparation for trams operating to Grand Central/New Street Station. On Corporation Street and Stephenson Street trams will operate in both directions but all other vehicles, including cycles (restrictions are signed), will operate in the direction indicated on the map shown in the access leaflet (please note, the date for changes is incorrect in the leaflet). Deliveries to city centre locations along the tram route must be carried out at the permitted times only and all delivery vehicles must park in designated loading bays and do not obstruct the tramway. Any vehicle that obstructs the tram could be towed away. Full details can be found at

Following electrical safety checks, the Midland Metro is set to run to Grand Central/New Street Station from 22 May. Trams will begin operating a full passenger service on the extension between Snow Hill station and Grand Central/New Street Station via Bull Street and Corporation Street.                                                

Metro Consultation – Eastside Extension

Centro is consulting the public on a proposed Midland Metro route through Eastside to serve the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, offering connections to New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill rail stations and Digbeth Coach Station. Your views would be welcomed at one of the consultation events listed below, or go along to find out more. You can also respond online.

  • May – Irish Centre, High Street, Digbeth 14:00-19:00
  • 13 May – NWM Exhibition Bus, Eastside Park, Curzon Street 10:00-16:00
  • 17 May – Hennesseys, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth 12:00-15:00
  • 21 May – Coach Station, Digbeth 10:00-15:00

Brompton Bike Hire

The iconic Brompton folding bikes are now available to hire from five city centre locations. Once you have registered with Brompton Bike Hire the bikes a can be hired for as little as £2.50 a day and are ideal for commuting as they can be taken on public transport. The bikes can also be folded under your desk at work, taken into meetings, taken home or folded into the boot of your car for longer journeys. These are the five Brompton docks located around Birmingham city centre:

  • Outside Moor Street Station entrance
  • Opposite Snow Hill Station entrance (Colmore Row)
  • On New Street (junction with Corporation Street)
  • Aston University
  • Brindley Place (Oozells Street)

THINK! Biker – Motorcycling campaign 2016

With the arrival of better weather the Department for Transport’s road safety branch, THINK! , have launched their spring motorcycling safety campaign, THINK! Biker, which aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists who are killed or seriously injured. THINK! advice encourages motorcyclists to take steps to manage and reduce their own personal risk through defensive riding skills, wearing appropriate safety gear and taking up further training. THINK! advice for drivers reinforces the importance of looking out for motorcyclists and keeping distance. More advice about safer motorcycling can be found on the THINK! Webpages.

 Please help us to ensure that as many people are aware of these details as possible, by sharing this information with everyone in your organisation and any customers, clients, visitors, and networks – either by forwarding this email or via your own web and social media channels.

With Best Wishes,
The Birmingham Connected Team

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at