Birmingham Connected Update – January 2018

This is the latest update containing transport news and information for the city.

**NOTE: Contains crucial information on new restrictions around BROAD STREET from Monday 29 January. See Westside improvement works (below).**

Birmingham Connected Website is a mine of information on all static and changing subjects to do with travel in the city. Well worth a look!

Birmingham Connected issued the following news on 25 January 2018

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 as appropriate.

Included in the update:

  • Improving air quality
  • BCR Winter Cycling Challenge
  • BCR Edgbaston Tunnel works
  • Colmore BID cycle parking
  • Rea Valley Cycle Route
  • Westside improvement works
  • Holloway Circus works
  • Ashted Circus roundabout scheme
  • Finding out more about HS2
  • Highways England M42 consultation
  • OPTIMUM multi-modal journey planning App

Improving air quality

The biggest cause of air pollution is road transport and the council is working to address this with long term solutions. A Clean Air Zone, which would restrict highly polluting vehicles from entering certain parts of the city, is being considered.

We can all contribute to improving air quality by making small changes to our travel habits. Walk, cycle or use the bus, train or tram to travel whenever possible. If you need to drive, turn your engine off when stationary if it is safe to do so. The documentary ‘Fighting for Air’, filmed in Kings Heath, shows what a huge difference simple actions, such as walking children to school, can make. Watch ‘Fighting for Air’ on iplayer.

Businesses and organisations are encouraged to register, for free, with STARSfor to produce a Travel Plan to take action to reduce car dependency and improve air quality. This national awards scheme provides formal accreditation to recognise success in promoting active and sustainable travel. Click for more information and guidance.

Save the date! Following the success of Clean Air Day 2017, we’d love as many of you as possible to get involved in the next Clean Air Day on Thursday 21st June 2018.

Click to find out more about what Birmingham is doing to improve air quality.

BCR Winter Cycling Challenge

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) Winter Cycling Challenge has been extended so you can now earn BetterPoints and win prizes until 18th March 2018. It’s easy to register and a great way to boost your motivation to cycle more often – click to find out how to earn points and win prizes.

BCR Edgbaston Tunnel works

Contractors working with The Canal and River Trust and BCR have commenced works to widen the towpath through the Edgbaston Tunnel on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Whilst works take place, this section of the towpath will be closed and is expected to be fenced off by the end of this week. On completion, the width of towpath within the tunnel will be doubled. Click to visit the Canal and River Trust web pages for more information.

Colmore BID cycle parking

A range of new bike parking facilities is soon to be available in the Colmore BID area of the city, including covered cycle parking at Snow Hill Station. Installation of the cycle parking began on Monday 22nd January and is expected to take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Rea Valley Cycle Route

The section of the Rea Valley Cycle Route from Dad’s Lane/Dogpool Lane has now re-opened with new tarmac surfacing. This is following flood defence works. Details of the route can be found on the Sustrans  web page. Visit the BCR web pages to find more family friendly cycle routes around Birmingham.

Westside improvement works

Works are progressing to extend the tramway from New Street Station to the Westside of Birmingham. In order for the Midland Metro Alliance to construct the new tramway, one lane of the Five Ways Underpass is temporarily closed and all traffic is using the bus lane. This restriction is expected to be in place until 25th February.

From Monday 29th January the additional traffic restrictions in the Broad Street area will mean much of Broad Street will only be accessible to pedestrians, buses, cycles, taxis (Hackney cabs), with limited loading access for other vehicles. Alternative pick up points for private hire vehicles have been identified on Cambridge Street, Bridge Street and Bishopsgate Street. Please see map attached for further details.

Diversions will be signed and delays are expected. Our advice is to avoid driving in the area if at all possible.


Click in map for a larger view.




[Ed: Please pass this information on to anyone you know that it may affect.]

Demolition works requiring the closure of Paradise Circus Queensway southbound will take place this weekend (27th to 29th January) from midnight on Friday night through to 5am on Monday morning. A further weekend of similar closures is expected 3rd to 4th February. Click for more information about the Paradise scheme.

Holloway Circus works

Overnight lane closures continue in order to enable road works at Holloway Circus. Re-surfacing works are also scheduled to take place on the dates below, with pedestrian access maintained at all times:

  • 29th January for 3 weeks – Smallbrook Queensway footway resurfacing work during the day
  • 4th February for 2 weeks – Holloway Circus carriageway resurfacing involving overnight road closures/diversions (21:00-06:00)
  • 18th February for 4 weeks – Smallbrook Queensway carriageway resurfacing involving overnight road closures/diversions (21:00-06:00)

Ashted Circus roundabout scheme

Construction on the Ashted Circus Roundabout redevelopment scheme, in Nechells, will begin on 5th February. Most of the work will be carried out at night (20:00 – 06:00 Mondays to Fridays) to avoid disruption at peak times. The existing pedestrian subways will close and signalised pedestrian crossings will be installed on Dartmouth Middleway and Lawley Middleway. Heneage Street and Forster Street will become one-way eastbound only for traffic during the construction period. Parking in the area will be restricted and we advise those working locally to use public transport, walk or cycle. Click for more information about the Ashted Circus scheme.

Finding out more about HS2

A new website has been launched, providing information about HS2 in the Birmingham area, how it is being constructed and what is being done to reduce disruption to local areas. Click to find out more. The HS2 team also holds regular drop in events from 12-2pm at Carrs Lane Conference Centre, B4 7SX. Pop along on 30th January, 27th February or 27th March.

Highways England M42 consultation

Highways England is holding a public consultation on the proposed M42 junction 6 improvement scheme. Click for more information and to share your views.

OPTIMUM multi-modal journey planning App

Android phone users are invited to trial the OPTIMUM multi-modal journey planning App. The App aims to shift some journeys from private car to walking, cycling and public transport.  As a reward for trialling the App and completing related surveys, you will receive a shopping voucher or Swiftcard. Please email connected@birmingham with OPTIMUM in the subject header if you are interested.

Please feel free to forward and share this information as appropriate.

With best wishes,

The Birmingham Connected Team

Part of the Economy Directorate of Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at

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