Birmingham Connected bulletin - 27 January 2021

Perry Barr update, Our Future City Plan, Modeshift STARS update

Perry Barr regeneration update

The next phase of the Perry Barr Highway Improvement Scheme is now underway with the permanent closure of the flyover and the new temporary traffic layout installed.

The removal of the flyover is expected to take place over the weekend of 5-8 February. This will involve a closure of the A34 northbound and diversions will be in place. Access to One Stop will be maintained throughout.

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.

Our Future City Plan

Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on Our Future City Plan: Central Birmingham 2040 ‘Shaping Our City Together’.

This outlines a vision for change in the central part of Birmingham, focussing on creating people-centred environments, opportunities for growth in emerging green industries, improving health and wellbeing through access to green spaces and making cycling and walking easier, safer and more attractive.

View full details of the plan, including information on upcoming consultation events.

Consultation closes on 26 March 2021.

Modeshift STARS

Webinar: Creating Travel Plans for the Workplace

On 24 February 2021, join us for a free webinar (co-hosted by The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce). The webinar will:

Find out more and book your place.

Modeshift STARS website relaunch

If your workplace wants to take action to promote greener, healthier travel and reduce air pollution, register FREE with Modeshift STARS. The site had a significant overhaul over Christmas, and relaunched last week. Contact us for information or support at

Building back greener

Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, reflects on 2020 and what the Council is doing to support a low-carbon recovery from Covid-19.

Within the blog, Cllr Zaffar discusses approval of the Climate Change Action Plan which outlines the seven areas of focus to achieve net zero carbon by 2030; the Emergency Transport Plan; plans to install 394 electric vehicle charging points across the City; the Birmingham Bus Statement and much more.

Read the full blog.

Coronavirus updates and advice

Birmingham City Council has a dedicated webpage providing the latest information on COVID-19. This includes the latest advice from the Government, a list of local testing centres and what help is available to residents and businesses.

If you have to travel, please do so safely, following all COVID-19 precautions. For the latest information about when public transport services are running, visit the West Midlands Network website.

To access testing centres within Birmingham city centre:

Utilita Arena (formerly the NIA): use the A4540 ring road, and exit at Spring Hill onto Summer Hill Road (B4135). Parking is at Arena South Car Park

Arcadian Centre: use the A4540 ring road, and exit at Belgrave Interchange onto Sherlock Street (A441). Parking can be found at Arcadian Centre

For the vaccination centre at Millennium Point, use the A4540 ring road, and exit at Curzon Circus onto Curzon Street (B4132) where signs will direct you to the Millennium Point car park.

A45 Sprint construction work

Work has started to install the Sprint bus priority route along the A45. Lane closures will be in place, and a number of overnight closures are planned: the first will close the A45 outbound (away from Birmingham city centre) from Poets Corner to Heybarnes Circus on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January (8pm to 6am).

It has recently been announced that National Express West Midlands will be running zero-emission rapid transit bus services along this route from May 2022.

If you do need to make an essential trip in the area, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. More details about the works and travel advice are available at

Moor Street Queensway bus gate

The Moor Street Queensway bus gate is now back in operation as HS2 works have been completed.

The bus gate prevents general traffic from travelling between Moor Street Station and Carrs Lane in either direction. Buses, cyclists and hackney carriages are permitted. To access Moor Street car parks, drivers should approach from Digbeth.

West Midlands Cycle Hire Scheme

A new cycle hire scheme is launching this Spring, with the first bikes available from docking stations to be installed across Sutton Coldfield shortly.

Overall, the scheme will see 1,500 bikes and 170 docking stations distributed in city and town centres across the region, offering more people the opportunity to enjoy cycling and providing a convenient and sustainable alternative to the car for shorter journeys.

For further information and to register please visit the West Midlands Cycle Hire website

Ladypool Road

Since July 2019 a section of Ladypool Road between Alder Road and Brighton Road/Taunton Road has been one-way (northbound, towards the city centre) with a contraflow cycle lane.

We are now proposing to create a physically segregated cycle track to improve safety for all road users and to deter illegal parking in the cycle lane. To see details and comment on this proposal, visit

Living Streets

Whether you are walking at work or walking from home, Living Streets have plenty of resources to inspire you to walk more.

#Try20 tips can help you find new ways to fit 20 minutes of walking into your day. Invite your colleagues to spin the wheel to see which tip you should try today! Challenge them to tick off the most tips or split up into teams and see which of you can complete the most spins!

Have your say

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders for Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes can be found on Birmingham Be Heard.

Birmingham Design Guide – consultation closes 5 February

Our Future City Plan - Central Birmingham 2040 - consultation closes 26 March

E-scooters: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order – consultation closes 26 May

Dates for the diary

24 February - Modeshift STARS for business celebration event. Book your free place at the webinar on Wednesday 24 February (10am to 11am).

17 March - Clean Air webinar for schools. Email to register.

Article posted on 27 January 2021.

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