Birmingham Connected Update – March 2017

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

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Birmingham Connected issued the following news on 7 March 2017

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update, containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful. Please forward as appropriate or ensure colleagues have access to this information via your intranet or social media channels.

 Topics in this update:

  • M5 major road works
  • M6 road works
  • Air quality grant scheme
  • Consultation – taxi & private hire vehicle emission standards
  • Mobile phones & driving
  • HS2 Royal Assent
  • 20mph events
  • Consultation – Birmingham Cycle Revolution new routes (A34 & A38)
  • Consultation Digbeth parking
  • Events with road closures

M5 major road works

Motorists using the M5 in the West Midlands need to plan ahead for a long period of road works. Highways England has started work to repair a 3km section of the motorway at Oldbury Viaduct – between junctions one and two. The early stages involve some overnight and weekend closures.  The main scheme will start after Easter and will involve a contraflow system with two lanes in each direction supported by speed limits. The works will continue until autumn 2018. There will be some disruption on the M5 and the surrounding road network.

We advise motorists to:

  • Travel by other means such as bus, train or tram
  • Use alternative routes
  • Stagger trips to avoid rush hours
  • Consider car sharing

If none of these options suit you and you still need to drive through junctions one and two of the M5, you need to allow extra time for your journey.

For general enquires about the scheme call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000. Click for more information.

M6 road works

Highways England is carrying out maintenance on the northbound carriageway around junction 7 for Great Barr. Work is due to complete by 13 April 2017. The work will require some overnight lane closures and full closures on the northbound carriageway. Temporary speed limits and diversions will be in place. Click for more information.

 Air quality grant scheme

Birmingham is set to benefit from a share of government grant funding to help improve air quality locally.  The Air Quality Grant Scheme supports local projects which tackle poor air quality and help create cleaner and healthier environments. Click for more information.

We can all take simple steps to reduce air pollution; leaving the car at home and choosing to walk, cycle or take public transport for some journeys will have a big impact on air quality in our city. If you need to drive, avoid leaving the engine running while parked even if you are stopping for a short time.

Consultation – taxi & private hire vehicle emission standards

Birmingham City Council is currently consulting on proposals to introduce emission standards for taxi & private hire vehicles. This consultation closes 24 May 2017. Find out more and have your say.

Mobile phones and driving

From 1 March, penalties for holding and using your phone while driving increased; it’s now 6 points and £200 fine. THINK! is advising drivers to put the phone away and ‘make the glove compartment the phone compartment’. Click for more information.

HS2 receives Royal Assent

The new High Speed Two (HS2) railway route between the West Midlands and London received Royal Assent on Thursday 23 February.  Two funds are available to local communities to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of phase one of HS2; the Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund. Both funds will be open for applications on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

20mph events

Birmingham City Council will be presenting on our 20mph schemes at two conferences in March: 20’s Plenty for Us’ national conference and RoSPA’s road safety conference .

Consultation – Birmingham Cycle Revolution new routes (A38 & A34)

As part of Birmingham Cycle Revolution we are planning to build two-way, fully segregated cycle ways along the A38 (linking Selly Oak with the city centre) and A34 (linking Perry Barr with the city centre). The A38 consultation closes 24 March 2017 and the A34 consultation closes 7 April 2017. Find out more and have your say.

Consultation – Digbeth parking

The council has developed proposals for Digbeth to help manage on-street parking, encourage sustainable travel and make the area safer, healthier and less polluted. This consultation closes 13 March 2017. Find out more and have your say.

 Events with road closures

Sunday 12 March 2017 – St Patrick’s Day Parade – road closures around Digbeth High Street

Sunday 30 April 2017 – Great Birmingham 10K – road closures from Millennium Point to Cannon Hill Park

The public transport network in and around Birmingham is excellent. Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.

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

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