Birmingham Connected bulletin - 2 June 2020

Forthcoming roadworks, Transport Plan update and travel support for businesses and organisations

Road in Perry Barr

Perry Barr highway works

On Monday 8 June, main works on the Perry Barr highway improvement scheme will begin, meaning some changes to travel in the area.

A new temporary road layout will be installed, requiring some off peak (9:30am to 3:30pm) and some overnight (8pm to 6am) closures. This phase of the works will last for approximately 6 months and the overall scheme is due to be completed in late 2021.

Access to properties and businesses will remain available throughout these works.

The highway improvement scheme is one part of the wider regeneration of Perry Barr. We aim to keep disruption to a minimum, but some will be unavoidable. You can help by:

  • Making fewer trips through the area. If you are currently working from home, can you continue to do this for a longer period to reduce commuting trips in the area? If you don't need to stop off in Perry Barr, could you use a different route?
  • Walk or cycle for local journeys, especially when visiting shops and amenities in Perry Barr or taking children to school.
  • Travel at quieter times. If possible, avoid travelling between 7:30am and 9:30am, and between 3:30pm and 6:30pm.

Read more travel advice on the West Midlands Network website.


Closure of Park Street for HS2

Artist's impression of Curzon Street station

On Sunday 5 July 2020, the section of Park Street between the junction of Masshouse Lane and Bordesley Street in central Birmingham is permanently closing as part of works to build the new HS2 Curzon Street Station.

There will be no access for pedestrians or vehicles and signed diversion routes will be in place. Some bus stopping points in this area may change so please check before you travel.


Edgbaston Metro Extension

Artist's impression of Metro ad Five WaysAs part of the ongoing work to bring West Midlands Metro and Sprint Rapid Bus Transit services to Edgbaston, utility works will be taking place on Francis Road at its junction with Hagley Road.

From Monday 15 June there will be no access to Francis Road from Hagley Road.Vehicles will still be able to exit Francis Road directly onto Hagley Road during this time and signed diversion routes will be in place to assist drivers

Read more information on the Midland Metro Alliance website.


Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan

Transport and rainbow

On 14 May, we published our Emergency Birmingham Transport Planstrong>, outlining plans for a wide range of measures to support walking, cycling and public transport throughout the city, in light of the impact of COVID-19. It also sets out the short, medium and longer-term actions we can take to enable a low carbon, clean air recovery from COVID-19.

Since then, we have:

We have now received confirmation of funding to be allocated through the Government's emergency active travel fund. We will be announcing a confirmed list of schemes for delivery through the first tranche of funding in the next few days.


Apply for free cycle parking at your organisation

Transport for West Midlands have launched a scheme to provide free bike racks to businesses and organisation - all you need is some space on private land where they can be installed, and the means to install them.

There are a limited number of units available, so apply soon!

Read more and apply.


Travel to school

With schools gradually opening to more children, it is important that parents and carers leave cars at home and complete the school run by walking, scooting or cycling. Keeping cars away from the school gate will leave the space needed for safe social distancing.

All drivers should consider how they park both at home and while out and avoid mounting the pavement. Please leave the full width of the footway available for people exercising and making local trips and children travelling to school.


Support for businesses

Thank you to those who attended our recent Webinar on Travel Planning and using the online platform Modeshift STARS. We are looking at subjects for future webinars, so if you would like to hear about a particular topic, please email connected@birmingham.gov.uk.

Transport for West Midlands have published some current travel guidance for businesses, including use of public transport, walking and cycling. They have also launched a survey to understand the Business Response to Coronavirus - please take a moment to complete this before 12 noon on 15 June.

In addition, if you are a small business who has not been eligible for previous COVID-19 Government grants, there is now a two week window to apply for the Council's Discretionary Business Grants Fund. Read more and apply before 14 June.


Take extra care on the road

Road Safety GB have published a second 'Take Extra Care' campaign toolkit, designed to encourage everyone to stay safe on the road and avoid collisions as lockdown eases.


Have your say

Business Response to Coronavirus - survey closes midday on 15 June.

COVID-19 impact survey (for all citizens) - survey closes 31 July


Dates for the diary

5 June - World Environment Day

6 to 14 June - Bike Week

14 June - Discretionary Business Grants application deadline

10 July - Young Active Travel grant application deadline (extended)

Article posted on 2 June 2020.

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