mode transport planning attended the launch of Birmingham City Council’s “Birmingham Transport Plan 2031”.

Birmingham Transport Plan describes what the city needs to do differently to meet the demands of the future and is currently a draft document which is currently out for consultation (28/01/2020 – 27/03/2020).

BCC are undertaking a number of consultation events to promote the work of the Plan and to engage with residents, stakeholders and interested parties to understand their views on how the far reaching policies contained within the plan will be best implemented.

The plan contains a set of principles that will guide investment in transport so that it is able to serve a future Birmingham that is home to more people and that is a better environment in which to live and work for everyone irrespective of age, disability or income. These measures are designed to:

  • Reduce transport’s damaging impact on the environment, supporting Birmingham’s commitment to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030;
  • Eliminate road danger particularly in residential areas;
  • Connect people with new job and training opportunities;
  • Reconnect communities by prioritising people over cars; and
  • Revitalise the city centre and local centres.

The Vision of the Transport Plan is for a sustainable, green inclusive, go-anywhere transport network. The document supports a strategic commitment to create a carbon neutral Birmingham by 2030 and a key driver within this, is public transport investment.

Of particular relevance is increase in investment and delivery of public transport including the expansion of the Midland Metro network, HS2 Curzon Street and the introduction of Sprint BRT buses. A complementary package of connectivity improvements will also ensure that the benefits of HS2 are spread wide driving further economic growth and generating more employment opportunities including significant improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure.

The plan is supported by the introduction of four “Big Moves” which include:

A number of key delivery components are detailed including:

  • Splitting the city centre into traffic cells including access restrictions and signage within the A4540 Middleway to restrict through trips by private vehicles. Links within the city centre and across the Middleway are improved for public transport, walking and cycling;
  • Upgrading the Middle Ring Road;
  • Reintroduction of cross city buses;
  • Development of new public open spaces at Smithfield, Snow Hill and Eastside;
  • Re-modelling and expansion of capacity of Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, taking passengers directly to HS2 at Curzon Street by 2031;
  • Development of improved cycling and walking infrastructure and pedestrianisation supporting cross city centre navigation and connectivity with public transport hubs; and,
  • City centre access for service and logistics transport to be maintained but subjected to management measures including restrictions on daytime deliveries and support for consolidation initiatives.

mode transport planning will be sure to keep a close eye on how the Birmingham Transport Plan 2031 develops, ensuring our advice and assistance to existing and future clients is in line with the Council’s aims; further assuring that future developments planned can help create an increasingly sustainable second city!