Birmingham Connected Extra 14 February 2019

Two not to be missed invitations to get involved from Birmingham Connected this month (so far):


  • TRANSPORT SUMMIT 7 MARCH 2019An Invitation to attend

  • GIVE YOUR VIEWS… On four future transport related strategies


The Birmingham Transport Summit will take place on Thursday 7 March 2019 between 8.15am and 5.30pm.

We are delighted to tell you that demand for tickets to the Birmingham Transport Summit has been so high that we have had to move to a larger venue. The afternoon conference will now take place at Aston University.

More tickets have now been released on the Eventbrite website:, so if you would like to come but have not yet registered, please do reserve your place.

If you have already booked but are no longer able to attend, or you want to change which parts of the day you are coming to, please edit your ticket online or drop us an email so we can accurately manage numbers.

About the Birmingham Transport Summit

In the five years since the Birmingham Connected Transport Strategy was published, we have made good progress in delivering our vision for transport to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth. However, in that time, there have been a number of changes which weren’t anticipated by the plan; particularly the introduction of a Clean Air Zone in 2020 and Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022. We also recognise that there is a need for change at an even greater level and pace than that set out before.

Many core elements of Birmingham Connected’s vision to transform the way people and goods move through the city remain, but Birmingham needs to strengthen our commitment to the vision with a refreshed and reinvigorated Transport Plan for 2019.

The Birmingham Transport Summit will:

Celebrate what is good about transport in Birmingham, including improvements delivered in the last five years.
Consider what still needs to be done to ensure the transport network works for all citizens and supports the city’s sustainable, inclusive economic growth.
Discuss how we can work together as citizens, stakeholders and delivery partners to bring about a future proof transport system: where everyone can travel safely and sustainably. This will include engagement on the forthcoming Birmingham Transport Plan, Clean Air Strategy, Cycling and Walking Strategy and Improvement Plan, Parking Supplementary Planning Document, and Transport Space Allocation Policy.
Contributors include:

Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Transport (invited)
Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Transport Secretary
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council
Waheed Nazir, Corporate Director for Economy, Birmingham City Council
Nick Barton, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
Karen Creavin, Chief Executive, The Active Wellbeing Society
Polly Billington, Director, UK100
Alex Burrows, Director of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham
Councillor Brian Parbutt, Nottingham City Councillor and Council representative to Nottingham City Transport Ltd.
Councillor Kath Hartley, Birmingham Councillor (Ladywood Ward) and chair of the WMCA Transport Delivery Committee
Ali Bell, Head of External Communications – UK Bus, National Express
Thanks to Jacobs for sponsorship of this event.

Find out more at

Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham

Facebook: @bhamconnected or @BirminghamCycleRevolution


We’d like to draw your attention to these opportunities for you to give your views on some important subjects:

Clean Air Strategy – consultation

Birmingham is on a journey to cleaner air and has recently launched a Clean Air Strategy setting out how the city intends to go beyond its legal duties and tackle air pollution across the city. This strategy outlines a series of pledges for delivering cleaner air and a healthier future. Consultation on the strategy is now open, closing on 26 April 2019.

On-street electric vehicle charging – research survey

Electric vehicles play an important role in improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions. Electric vehicle ownership is increasing, but a major barrier to widespread uptake is the current lack of on-street charge points. Birmingham City Council is part of a project to investigate the feasibility of a new technology to allow people without a driveway of garage to charge an electric vehicle on the street outside their home. We have a short time to conduct an initial survey about the charging behaviour of electric vehicle drivers (and prospective drivers) and their views on different on-street charging technologies. Whether or not you are currently considering buying an electric vehicle, we would value your opinion. Please complete the survey before 24 February 2019.

Birmingham bus survey

We want to find out what could be done to encourage more people to make more journeys by bus. The Birmingham bus survey is open until 1 March 2019.

Tackling anti-social behaviour on buses

One of the things people are mentioning in our bus survey is concerns over the behaviour of other passengers. In a bid to tackle low level anti-social behaviour on buses, Transport for West Midlands are consulting on whether new byelaws should be introduced in the West Midlands. The byelaws would apply to behaviour which isn’t necessarily illegal or against the law, but can make people feel unsafe or uncomfortable, such as: loitering, vaping on the bus, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, playing loud music and using threatening or offensive language. Find out more about the proposals and share your views before 29 March 2019.

Finally, if you’re planning to take the kids out to some half term activities next week, remember it’s cheap to add children to travelcard and daysaver tickets on the bus and train.

Best wishes,
The Birmingham Connected Team
Part of the Inclusive Growth Directorate of Birmingham City Council

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
Previous Birmingham Connected updates
Twitter: @bhamconnected or @bham20mph or @BCRbirmingham
Facebook: @bhamconnected or @BirminghamCycleRevolution

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

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