May 2018

Birmingham Connected update for May 2018 containing transport news and information

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful. Please feel free to forward and share this information.

Included in this update:

Late May Bank Holiday and half term travel

If you are travelling this weekend please check before you travel and plan your journey. With Birmingham Pride, The Biggest Weekend (Coventry) , Aston Villa playing at Wembley and a number of planned works on the road and rail network you may need to allow extra time for your journey. Make your journey on foot, by bike or use the bus, train or tram to help reduce traffic jams and make Birmingham’s air cleaner. More information about travel over the bank holiday weekend and half term can be found on the Birmingham Connected webpages.

Rail upgrade works

The signals around Birmingham New Street are being upgraded from 26-28 May. Several routes in and out of New Street will run to an amended timetable or operate bus replacement services during this period. Services between Birmingham Moor Street and London will have more carriages where possible and additional trains will serve Wembley Stadium for the Villa match. Please check before you travel. Full details on National Rail website.

Edgbaston Tunnel works

We are pleased to say that work to widen the towpath through the Edgbaston Tunnel on the Birmingham and Worcester Canal is nearing completion. This section of the towpath will be accessible from 5pm on Friday 25 May, although cyclists may need to dismount whilst final works are completed. The tunnel will be fully open and operational for cyclists and pedestrians on Tuesday 29 May.

Lancaster Circus underpass and A34 Newtown Row

From 9pm on Friday 25 May to 6am on Monday 4 June work will be carried out to build cycle route over the canal bridge on Lancaster Street. During this time the underpass at Lancaster Circus will be closed to all traffic. The section of A34 Newtown Row over the canal be temporarily reduced to one lane with traffic lights allowing traffic movement one direction at a time. A signed diversion will send traffic via Corporation Street, Dartmouth Circus and Newtown Middleway. This is part of the city centre to Perry Barr cycle route.

A38 Bristol Road in Selly Oak

Work is ongoing to build the city centre to Selly Oak cycle route. To complete the changes around Edgbaston Park Road and Bournbrook Road, traffic in both directions on A38 is reduced to one lane between 9:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday. You can help reduce delays by avoiding driving in the area during these times; walk, cycle or use the bus or train.

Birmingham Pride

Between 11:30am and 2pm on Saturday 26 May roads in the city centre will be closed for the Pride Parade. The parade route begins in Victoria Square then follows Waterloo Street, Bennett’s Hill, New Street, High Street, Carrs Lane, Moor Street Queensway, St Martins Queensway, Smallbrook Queensway and Hurst Street.

Hurst Street, Lower Essex Street and a few surrounding roads will be closed between 6pm on Friday 25 May and 6am on Monday 28 May for the main Pride Festival venues.

Ashted Circus (A4540)

From 6pm on Sunday 27 May until 6am on Monday 28 May additional overnight lane closures will be in place on approaches to the roundabout. During the night traffic will be temporarily stopped (for up to 10 minutes) whilst new road markings and traffic signals are installed. From the morning of 28 May onwards Ashted Circus will operate as a signalised junction (crossroads).

A38 Bristol Road in Selly Oak

Work is ongoing to build the city centre to Selly Oak cycle route. To complete the changes around Edgbaston Park Road and Bournbrook Road, traffic in both directions on A38 is reduced to one lane between 9:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday. You can help reduce delays by avoiding driving in the area during these times; walk, cycle or use the bus or train.

M6 junctions 2 to 4

Highways England is planning several overnight closures of M6 junction 2 to 4 northbound carriageway. A full list of dates for the closures can be found on the Birmingham Connected web pages.

HSBC UK Let’s Ride Birmingham 2018

On Sunday 10 June a FREE cycling festival will take place in Birmingham city centre. Bring your bikes, family and friends to enjoy cycling on a 5K traffic free route around the city. Click to register for your free places.

Bike Week runs from 9 to 17 June and Community Cycling Clubs across the city will be organising a variety of activities, including led rides, Learn to Ride cycle training and Dr Bike sessions. Find a Community Cycle Club near you and follow BCR Facebook or Twitter for information about activities.

Clean Air Day

Could you or your workplace get involved in Clean Air Day on the 21 June 2018? There are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. Visit the Clean Air Day website to find out what you can do and to download free toolkits for schools, workplaces and communities. If you are planning an event, let us know and we can help to promote it through social media.

Key stage 2 teaching staff in Birmingham may be interested in attending a free training day entitled ‘Clean Air Day - Pollution Solutions’. The training takes place at Library of Birmingham on either 5 June or 11 June (8:45am to 2:30pm). To find out more or book a place contact Lorraine Cookson on 0121 303 8779 or lorraine.s.cookson@birmingham.gov.uk 

Digital tools training session

National Express West Midlands is running sessions for seniors to learn how to use digital tools when travelling by bus. Sessions are on Friday 1 June and Friday 15 June 2:30pm to 3:30pm at Google Garage 134B New Street, Birmingham, B2 4NS. To book a place, please call 0121 254 7251

TfWM public transport survey

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is carrying out research into transport barriers within the West Midlands.  As part of this they invite you to complete a 5 minute online survey to help understand more about your experiences using public transport. By completing the survey you can be entered into a prize draw and could win £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.

www.wmca.org.uk/survey

UK Mobility Practitioners Workshop

Birmingham City Council is working with SUMPs-Up European project partners to run a workshop for sustainable urban mobility practitioners. This is a free event taking place on 7 June at the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre). Register your place online.

Privacy Policy

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Article posted on 24 May 2018

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