Birmingham Connected Update – April 2017

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Birmingham Connected issued the following news on 5 April 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 works – junction 1-2 – Oldbury Viaduct
  • Centenary Square transformation
  • National Walking Month – May
  • National Clean Air Day – 15 June
  • Simple steps to improve air quality
  • Green Travel District maps
  • Top Cycle Location grants
  • HSBC City Ride – 11 June
  • HS2 Community & Business Funds
  • Consultation – taxi & private hire vehicle emission standards
  • Events with road closures

 M5 works – junction 1-2 – Oldbury Viaduct

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 main scheme starts 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 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.

Centenary Square transformation

The spectacular re-design of Centenary Square is due to start on April 18. The project will take approximately 18 months, completing in Autumn 2018. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times and traffic (mainly buses) using Broad Street will not be affected.

 National Walking Month – May

National Walking Month is back this May and Living Streets is asking you to #Try20 – that’s walk for 20 minutes every day throughout the month. To motivate friends and colleagues the Living Streets web site is full of tips to highlight the many benefits of walking more. Walking as part, or all, of your commute can be an easy way to fit 20 minutes of exercise into your daily routine.

National Clean Air Day – 15 June 2017

The UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day takes place on Thursday 15 June 2017 with a day of action in Birmingham. We are encouraging businesses and organisations across the city to take part. The aim is to help members of the public protect themselves and their families from air pollution.

The briefing attached sets out the online support that will be available for workplaces to take action to tackle air pollution.  For more information contact: connected@birmingham.gov.uk or visit: www.cleanairday.org.uk

Simple steps to improve air quality

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.

Green Travel District maps

Green Travel Districts (GTDs) are areas where lots of people live or work. Analysis has shown that Birmingham residents currently make approximately 250,000 car journeys every day of less than one mile. GTDs promote walking, cycling and public transport in order to reduce the number of short single occupancy car journeys. New maps are now available for Kings Heath, Castle Vale (and shortly Soho Road), to help make it easier to walk, cycle and take public transport in these areas. Email connected@birmingham.gov.uk to obtain copies of the maps.

Top Cycle Location grants

The next round of Top Cycle Location funding for local businesses is now available. Businesses aiming to encourage staff and visitors to travel to their site by bike can apply for up to £10,000. The grant can be spent on items such as cycle shelters, bike maintenance equipment or improved shower or locker facilities. The closing date for applications is Friday 12th May 2017. For more information or for an application form email louise.aspinall@birmingham.gov.uk or gill.brook@birmingham.gov.uk

HSBC City Ride – 11 June

Birmingham Cycle Revolution is pleased to welcome the HSBC City Ride cycling event back to Birmingham on Sunday 11 June 2017. The day will include a closed road bike ride and lots more fun cycling activities for all the family.

HS2 Community & Business Funds

£40M HS2 funds available to local communities and businesses will be available throughout construction of phase one of HS2. The Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund will provide support for communities disrupted by construction.

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.

Events with road closures

  • Friday 14 April – Good Friday March – road closures Sandwell Road to Soho Road
  • Sunday 30 April – Great Birmingham 10K – road closures from Millennium Point to Cannon Hill Park
  • Saturday & Sunday 27-28 May – Birmingham Pride – road closures Hurst Street/Pershore Street areas

The public transport network in and around Birmingham is excellent. Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at www.networkwestmidlands.com . 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 www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected

Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham

Facebook: @bham20mph or @BirminghamCycleRevolution

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