In Birmingham we are responsible for about 2,500km of roads, which are categorised into a hierarchy of Primary Routes (usually A roads), District Distributors (B roads), and Local Distributors (other unclassified roads), along with other parallel categories. Where a road is placed in the hierarchy is an indication of its transportational function.
We are now introducing a new category of roads, a formalisation of an existing informal approach, to be known as Blue Routes, which are identified as key routes for the benefit of the emergency services to reach destinations speedily and safely.
Unlike Red Routes, the roads will not be marked out by special coloured lines in the road, but will be characterised by nature of traffic management and calming measures along them.
A map of the network can be downloaded below, as can the full report to cabinet introducing them.