Birmingham Connected Update – May 2017

This is the latest update containing transport news and information for the city.

Birmingham Connected Website is a mine of information on all static and changing subjects to do with travel in the city. Well worth a look!

Birmingham Connected issued the following news on 10 May 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 and clients have access to this information via your intranet or social media channels.

Topics in this update:

• M5 works – Junction 1-2 – Oldbury Viaduct
• M6/A38M planned works – Junction 6 – Spaghetti
• National Walking Month – May
• UN Global Road Safety Week 8-14 May
• HSBC UK City Ride – 11 June
• National Clean Air Day – 15 June
• Air Quality Plan consultation
• Public transport – Swift cards
• Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards
• Don’t Crash and Burn conference – 2 June
• THINK! Mobile phones & professional drivers
• Draft 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport
• Events with road closures

M5 works – Junction 1-2 – Oldbury Viaduct

Major road works between junctions one and two of the M5 are now underway. The scheme currently involves three narrow lanes on each carriageway with a 40mph speed limit and night closures. In approximately 5 weeks’ time Highways England has advised there will be a full closure of the southbound carriageway, with two narrow lanes on the northbound carriageway and a 30mph restriction, day and night. Diversions will be in place.
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.

M6/A38M planned works – Junction 6 – Spaghetti

Highways England will be resuming essential repairs to the M6/A38M interchange at junction 6 (Spaghetti) over the school summer holidays. Details of the programme are yet to be finalised.

National Walking Month – May

May is National Walking Month and Living Streets is encouraging as many people as possible to #Try20 – that’s walk for 20 minutes every day. Walking to work, getting off the bus a few stops early or organising a walking meeting are some of the tips designed to inspire more people to feel the benefits of walking on a daily basis. Visit the Living Streets web pages for more information.

UN Global Road Safety Week event – 11 May

Birmingham Road Safety Partnership (BRSP) will be raising awareness of the ‘Slower is Safer’ message during UN Global Road Safety Week . The effects of dangerous driving will be demonstrated using virtual reality goggles. The event will be held in Victoria Square, Birmingham, from 10am-5:30pm on Thursday 11 May – we invite you to come along and show your support for safer driving in Birmingham.

HSBC UK City Ride – 11 June

We are inviting cyclists of all abilities to take over city centre streets on Sunday 11 June! Birmingham Cycle Revolution is delighted to be working with British Cycling to host HSBC UK City Ride in Birmingham. Make sure you save the date and click to register for your free place.

National Clean Air Day – 15 June

The UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day takes place on Thursday 15 June 2017 with a day of action in Birmingham. Involve your organisation in National Clean Air Day by taking practical action, and inspiring colleagues to do the same. A workplace toolkit is available to download making it easy to get involved and help create a cleaner, healthier city for us all. Click for more information.

Air Quality Plan consultation

On 5 May the government published a revised draft plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK.  You can find out more and share your views on the proposals to improve air quality by responding to the consultation, open until 15 June. The government will prepare its final plan for publication by 31 July.

Public transport – Swift cards

Swift is the new transport smartcard for the West Midlands, designed to make travelling around by bus, train or tram even more convenient. Some of the benefits include: a range of Swift cards to suit different needs, cards can be managed online, no need to find the right change, ‘pay as you go’ options, cheaper fares than paying with cash. Click to find out more about Swift cards.

Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards 2017

Educational establishments, businesses and community groups are invited to apply to become Birmingham’s green champions for 2017. The Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards are sponsored by Veolia and include a Birmingham Connected Sustainable Travel category. The closing date for entries is 31 May 2017. Click to find out more.

Don’t Crash & Burn conference

The first ever UK conference outlining the links between youth unemployment, accidental fires in the home and road traffic collisions will take place in Birmingham on 2 June. West Midlands Fire Service is hosting the multi-agency conference for anyone concerned with youth wellbeing or road safety to present The Future Melting Pot findings and develop possible solutions. Click to find out more.

THINK! Mobile phones & professional drivers

The Department for Transport has produced a leaflet aimed at professional drivers which provides information about mobile phone use and driving (see attached). We encourage employers to read and distribute this information as appropriate. The penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving increased in March. Click for more information.

Draft 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport

A public consultation on the draft 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport has been launched by West Midlands Combined Authority . The consultation closes on Friday 9 June 2017. Click for more information or email

Events with road closures

• Saturday & Sunday 27-28 May – Birmingham Pride – road closures Hurst Street/Pershore Street areas
• Sunday 11 June – HSBC UK City Ride – city centre route from Victoria Square

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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