Birmingham Connected bulletin - 17 December 2020

Perry Barr update, roadworks on Moor Street Queensway, bike and scooter hire, Brum Breathes update

Perry Barr regeneration updates

The next phase of the Perry Barr Highway Improvement Scheme will begin in January, with the permanent closure of the flyover and a new temporary traffic layout installed from the weekend of 8 to 11 January 2021.

Please check the latest travel advice before you set out, plan ahead and leave more time for your journey. Walking or cycling for shorter journeys will help to reduce congestion on the A34 and local roads. Public transport services will also be operating normal timetables.

Other projects in the regeneration programme are also progressing well, with the new Alexander Stadium taking shape, the naming of six streets in the residential area and publication of a new design for Perry Barr station.

To help us get you to where you need to go during the regeneration works, and for a chance to win £30 in Amazon vouchers, please complete our travel survey before 15 January 2021.

Temporary works on Moor Street Queensway

From Monday 4 to Friday 8 January 2021, a section of the carriageway on Moor Street Queensway will be closed for HS2 works. Vehicles will not be able to travel southbound (towards Bullring) or turn right into Carrs Lane during this work.

Some bus stops along Moor Street Queensway, Carrs Lane and Priory Queensway will be temporarily relocated.

The Moor Street Queensway bus gate will be temporarily suspended from 4 to 8 January 2021. At all other times, private vehicles are not permitted. To access Bullring/Selfridges car parks you must approach from Digbeth.

For full details and a toolkit to help you pass information on to your staff, students, customers and visitors, visit wmnetwork/eastside.

Bike and scooter hire

West Midlands cycle hire

A new cycle hire scheme will launch next year. The scheme will begin from February in Sutton Coldfield, with a wider rollout to follow later in 2021, The scheme will initially provide 1,500 bikes for hire, of which 10% will be ebikes.

E-scooter hire

Following a successful launch period, the operating area of Birmingham’s e-scooter trial has now expanded to the north and southwest of the city. The expansion will include the A38 and A34 cycle routes and mean you can reach key destinations including:

  • the University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Harborne High Street, and Selly Oak and University train stations to the south west;
  • Perry Barr, Aston Park, Handsworth Park, Lozells high street, and Birmingham City Hospital to the north.

Brum Breathes

Meet Caz and Reg! These two very special clouds will be taking Birmingham on its journey to cleaner air as we begin the countdown to Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, which launches on 1 June 2021. Watch their brand new video now.

We have a range of support and financial incentives for businesses working to clean up their fleet, including a Heavy Duty Vehicle Fund, available to Small and Medium Enterprises based in the West Midlands. This fund can contribute towards the lease or purchase of vehicles that meet the emission standard for the Clean Air Zone.

We’re also working with Sustrans to find out how we can support people travelling to faith, voluntary or community groups within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone – complete the surveys to share your thoughts:

Accreditation for green travel plans

Congratulations to National Express West Midlands, the University of Birmingham the Environment Agency who have gained Modeshift STARS Business Bronze Accreditation for their Travel Plans. These organisations go to great lengths to enable people to choose greener, healthier travel options, so this recognition is really well-deserved.

We are planning a Modeshift STARS celebration event, sharing success stories and presenting awards, on Wednesday 24 February 2021 - save the date!

If you would like to join Modeshift STARS and work towards accreditation for your organisation or school, email

Please note, the Modeshift STARS system will be under-going a significant upgrade over the Christmas period and will be out of action from 21 December, relaunching on Monday 18 January 2021.

Christmas travel

If you have to travel over the festive period, please do so safely, following all COVID-19 precautions.

Find the latest information about when public transport services are running, visit the West Midlands Network website. Engineering works mean buses will replace trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton on the morning of 1 January 2021.

Looking ahead to January, colleges and schools can download posters to remind pupils and parents to stay safe and travel sustainably.

Have your say

Sutton Coldfield Masterplan – consultation closes 15 January 2021

Birmingham Design Guide – consultation closes 5 February

Lozells Low Traffic Neighbourhood: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 19 April

Kings Heath Low Traffic Neighbourhood: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 22 April

Places for People in Bournville, Castle Vale and Moseley: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 22 April

E-scooters: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 15 December

Comment on other Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes

Dates for the diary

20 January – Getting started with Modeshift STARS webinar for schools; email to register.

24 February - Modeshift STARS for business celebration event: details coming early 2021.

Article posted on 17 December 2020.

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