Birmingham Connected Update – November 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 15 November 2017

Travel advice for the festive season

Birmingham is all set for another fantastic festive season, with the Frankfurt Christmas Market taking centre stage in the city from tomorrow (16 November) until Christmas Eve. The popular ice rink and Birmingham Wheel will this year be located at Eastside Green and will be open daily from tomorrow until 7 January 2018 (except Christmas Day).

It goes without saying that the city will be extremely busy, particularly with major transport projects and developments in the city centre. Whether travelling into and around Birmingham for business or pleasure, this update provides information to help make your journey as smooth as possible. Please forward as appropriate or ensure colleagues and clients have access to this information via your intranet or social media channels.

Here are our top tips if you are travelling into Birmingham for the Christmas attractions or any other reason:

Plan your journey by public transport

Most people travelling into the city will do so using the excellent bus, train and tram connections. Why not make the most of the great offers available for cheaper travel on public transport, whilst avoiding the hassle and expense of parking? Here are a few ways to save money on public transport, giving you more to spend on enjoying yourself!

  • Pay as you go with Swift, the transport smartcard for the West Midlands
  • Use Day, Family or Group tickets – the Friends and Family fare offers adult return from as little as £1!
  • Claim up to 50% discount at some great attractions when travelling by public transport
  • Groups can travel for just £5 (2 adults and up to 4 children, or up to 5 adults) using the National Express West Midlands mTicket app

Please note buses, trains and trams may run to different timetables between 24 December and 3 January, so always check before you travel.

Walking in the city centre

For a handy map of walking routes from train and coach stops to Christmas attractions in central Birmingham click here. Centenary Way pedestrian route is now open and replaces Fletcher’s Walk as the main walking route from Chamberlain Square/Victoria Square through to Centenary Square and the attractions on the west side of the city centre. Click here for more information about improvement works taking place in this area.

Rail Upgrade Plan

Network Rail will be carrying out a significant amount of improvement work across Britain between 24 December and Tuesday 2 January (a day after the bank holiday). This includes track and signalling upgrades in the Birmingham area which will have a major impact on trains between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Trains may take a diversionary route, run to a reduced timetable or have bus replacement services in operation. Please check before you travel.  Rail services will return to normal on Wednesday 3 January. Note that 2 January will be a normal working day for many organisations, so staff affected by the rail improvement works may prefer to extend their Christmas break by one day or arrange to work from home. Train operators are also reminding passengers that the last train of the day will be extremely busy over the Christmas period, so make sure you plan ahead and try to avoid catching the last train home.

London Midland has produced useful a map to help you plan your journey.

Road Safety Week (20-26 November)

Road Safety Week is an ideal opportunity to promote life-saving messages and show your commitment to road safety to employees and their families, customers, suppliers and your local community.The theme this year is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ – find out how you can get involved on the Brake website . You can also find out more about the ‘Slower is Safer’ scheme in Birmingham on our web pages.

 Christmas Drink Drive Campaign

Throughout the festive period we will be working with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service to remind drivers that drink driving is never acceptable. If you are drinking any amount of alcohol on a night out, even one drink, you should leave the car at home and make alternative arrangements such as public transport, a Hackney Carriage (black cab) from a rank or pre-book a private hire vehicle through an operator. And remember you could still be over the limit the morning after. More information to help raise awareness of the dangers of drink driving can be found on the THINK! web pages.

Cycle stand consultation

The consultation on proposed cycle parking in the city centre has been extended until 1 December. Click here to find out more and share your views.

 Bike Life 2017

Bike Life is the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities. It is delivered by Sustrans in collaboration with seven major cities, including Birmingham. The information gives us an invaluable insight into the progress made to encourage more people to cycle as well as the views of our citizens. It also helps us to understand how we can enable the growth in cycling we want to see. To find out more and read the report click here.

 OPTIMUM multi-modal journey planning app

Android phone users are invited to trial the OPTIMUM multi-modal journey planning app , providing routing information for journeys in the Birmingham area. The app aims to shift some journeys from private car to walking, cycling and public transport.  We need people to participate for 6-12 weeks from January 2018.  As a reward for using the app and completing before and after surveys, you will receive a shopping voucher or Swiftcard. Please email connected@birmingham with OPTIMUM in the subject header if you are interested in taking part.

Thank you for helping us to share this information.

We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.

  • British Transport Police text 61016
  • Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
  • In an emergency call 999

With kind regards,

Melanie Cannell

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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