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City Centre Public Realm consultation

Birmingham City Council, alongside Retail and Colmore Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), is consulting on plans to enhance the public realm in the city centre and create an attractive, welcoming and safe environment to attract more visitors to Birmingham city centre which will facilitate economic growth.

High-quality paving materials including Natural Yorkstone will be used throughout the scheme area, whilst reinstating heritage paving in sections of Victoria Square. A kerb free pedestrian route for passengers travelling from New Street Station to the retail and business centre will be created, with widened footways where possible to make it easier, more welcoming and safer for pedestrians and more accessible to those with mobility issues. The proposals also include the extension of Victoria Square into Colmore Row and Waterloo Street forming a larger pedestrian space.

Birmingham will be at the centre of the world stage during the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the city centre will act as a gateway for many visitors visiting the city for the first time. Temporary hostile vehicle security measures (HVM) will be replaced with permanent, less intrusive measures as part of a comprehensive safety and security strategy for the city centre.

We are proposing to extend the existing pedestrian zone and loading restrictions across the scheme area to standardise operation times to 7am to 7pm seven days a week to ensure a safe and secure environment for pedestrians during times of busy footfall. This will provide greater priority for pedestrians and make the area feel safer, more welcoming and help to minimise the interaction between pedestrians and vehicles. Reallocating space to pedestrians will require changes to the current taxi and parking bays. Improved loading facilities will be provided for local businesses outside of the restriction hours to offset the daytime restrictions.

The consultation takes place from Monday 13 January 2020 until Friday 21 February 2020.

More details of the scheme proposals along with a scheme plan, CGI images of the proposed scheme and an online questionnaire is available on the council's consultation site. We would like to seek your views on the scheme proposals.

In addition we will be holding two drop-in events in the city centre, where the project team will be available to discuss the proposals and answer any questions. The events are on:

  • Wednesday 5 February, midday to 3pm, Head of Steam, Somerset House, Temple Street
  • Wednesday 12 February, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, Rooms 3 and 4 Council House, Victoria Square

Find out more and have your say