Birmingham Connected Briefing Summer 2018 Update

Welcome to Birmingham Connected’s summer briefing.

This is shorter, more summarised and hence more readable than the regular monthly update. Please feel free to forward and share this information.

Birmingham Connected Briefing Summer 2018 update

Mel Jones – Head of Transportation and Traffic Services, Economy, Birmingham City Council


 •     Major programme of continuous improvement

 •     Cleaner, greener, healthier, more sustainable city

•     City centre with fewer motor vehicles

•     Improved connectivity with a range of viable transport options for people and goods

•     Reduced congestion and improved air quality

•     Summer period (June to early September) will be one of intense activity

•     Some disruption is inevitable

•     Your help is vital to keep Birmingham moving and open for business as usual

Dartmouth Circus work package
Dartmouth Circus is one of the busiest junctions on the city’s road network. A number of works co-ordinated. The work package includes:

Amey Dartmouth Circus Works – 24 hrs/day, 6 July-3 September. Essential maintenance work required to ensure the structure meets modern standards, deck joint replacements, concrete repairs. Traffic management includes:

• Phased lane closures around Dartmouth Circus
• Overnight closures of the Aston Expressway Underpass both into and out of city
• Diversion routes will be signed, although our advice is to ‘use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible’

M6 J6 works – starting July over couple of weekends (specifics tbc) Traffic Management includes:
• Closure of the A38 overnight – Outbound (and associated slip roads)
• Traffic diverted to A34 from Dartmouth if trying to access M6 North Bound

Comb Joint Survey – Survey works to ascertain condition of comb joint. Biggest comb joint in the country! Starting September (exact dates tbc)

TfWM – Lichfield Road Bus Lane – one of the many bus priority schemes which will help movement of public transport around Birmingham’s network. Starting September (tbc)

Highways England ongoing programme of works

• M5 J1-2 Oldbury Viaduct, due to complete spring 2019
• M6 J2-4 upgrade to Smart Motorway, due to complete March 2020
• M42 J6 SB entry slip resurfacing, 15-19 June – slip road closure
• M6 J10 NB & J5 SB entry slip road resurfacing, 18-24 July 2018

We are in regular dialogue with HE to ensure that we are aware of the impact of their works on our network

Broad Street and Centenary Square

• Metro extension from Grand Central to Centenary Square
• Ongoing programme linked with other investment in west side of city centre (Centenary Square and Paradise redevelopment)
• Highway works required before the next stage of extension to Five Ways
• Next phase of works from September

Key Milestones (completed)

• Section of track from Snow Hill to Grand Central complete (Trams operational since May 2016)

Key Future Milestones

• All Complimentary Highway measures to be completed September in order to allow the closure of Paradise Circus

Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) works

• A38 cycle route – some lane restrictions. Belgrave Interchange has new traffic arrangements

• A34 cycle route – some lane restrictions, underpass at Lancaster Circus re-opened to traffic 4 June.

• Edgbaston Tunnel (Worcester & Birmingham canal) work to widen towpath complete, benefitting cyclists and pedestrians

• New cycle stands and maintenance facilities in the Colmore Row/Snow Hill/Digbeth areas

Ashted Circus upgrade

• Part of the north east section of Birmingham ring road (A4540)
• Now operating as a signalised junction (crossroads)
• Improvements to better manage traffic in the area and provide safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
• Pedestrian subways closed and pelican crossings in place
• Due to complete early 2019
• Works carried out overnight with minimal disruption

HS2 works

Curzon Street Station enabling works programme

Birmingham Eastside information event, Friday 22 June 11am-3pm Millennium Point, B4 7XG – coming soon

• Better co-ordination of works
•  Visual representation of what’s going on (now and in future)
• Provides public facing map which allows easy route planning
• Co-ordinated signage

Street work permits

• Better co-ordination of works
• Penalties for overruns/non-compliance
• Potential future lane rental schemes
• Challenges to implementation


• Nationally, we have a public health ‘crisis’ around air quality.
• In Birmingham, air pollution is linked to nearly 900 deaths every year.
• Clean Air Zone consultation
• Clean Air Day – 21 June 2018 – information and free resources:

Communication and behaviour change is vital Please continue to:

• Share information with staff, customers, students, the wider public etc. using your communication channels
• Promote sustainable travel options (walking, cycling, public transport)
• Encourage people to leave the car at home
• Consider the logistics of your deliveries and services to minimise journeys

Business Travel Network for support and information:

Key messages

There is a lot going on – it’s all part of a co-ordinated plan to achieve sustainable, inclusive economic growth.

To help minimise disruption:

• Plan ahead for travel
• Leave the car at home and travel by bus, train, tram, bike or on foot
• Try car sharing or working at home
• Beat the traffic by travelling at quieter times

Further information can be found on the Birmingham Connected web pages:

For summer travel information the following web information will soon be available:

To email the Birmingham Connected team:

To follow us on Twitter: @bhamconnected, @bham20mph, @BCRbirmingham

For public transport travel planning/information:


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