We’ve launched our Birmingham City Council budget consultation 2018+.
Our plans for allocating the total budget we have to spend on services for 2018 have been published and we want to hear your views on them.
The consultation runs until 15 January 2018. Please have your say and help shape the future of the council here http://bit.ly/brumbudget2018
Topics in this update:
- Midland Metro extension
- Paradise Circus re-development
- Holloway Circus works
- A38 cycle route update
- HS2 preparatory works
- New Street Station works
- Road Safety Week (20-26 November)
- Birmingham business survey: improving air quality
- Bus stop suspension trial
- Smart Routing App
- Re-surfacing works
- Events with traffic restrictions
Midland Metro extension
Work continues on the extension of the Midland Metro from New Street Station towards Edgbaston. This involves changes for traffic on Hill Street, Brunel Street and Paradise Street. Click for further information.
To enable tram extension works on Broad Street, inbound buses are diverted via Bridge Street and Holliday Street. Outbound buses will follow their usual route.
Bus route 126 will no longer serve the markets area of the city and will instead terminate at Colmore Row. Click for more information about changes to this route.
A pedestrian diversion is in operation following the closure of the ramp from Fletchers Walk to Broad Street. Access is maintained via the stairs or the lift from Easy Row. An alternative accessible route to Broad Street can be taken via Holliday Street and Bridge Street. Click for further information and a map.
Paradise Circus re-development
Following completion of the stone paving work, Chamberlain Square pedestrian route is due to re-open on 20 October. The main entrance to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery will again be accessible via Victoria Square – just in time for some spooky half term activities!
Paving work is also progressing on the Centenary Way pedestrian route, which will link Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. This walkway is scheduled to open in November at which point Fletcher’s Walk will close. Click for further information about the Paradise re-development.
Holloway Circus works
One lane is closed on the Holloway Head approach to the Holloway Circus junction between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays and some weekday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. This lane closure is expected to be in operation 24/7 for a four week period starting in November (dates to be confirmed). We recommend travellers use public transport, walk or cycle whenever possible to minimise delays. Click for more information and a map.
Bus services 80, 80A, 98 and X64 are temporarily diverted on their journey towards Birmingham. Click for more information.
A38 cycle route update
The death of Suzanna Bull is a tragedy and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. We would urge any witnesses to contact the police with information to assist in their investigation. Through our Birmingham Cycle Revolution, we are committed to making Birmingham a more cycle-friendly city and, as part of this, we will be building a two-way, fully segregated cycle way along the adjacent A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre. Work to build the route was due to start this summer, but a legal challenge on whether we had followed the right processes when approving the legal orders needed before work could begin means we now hope to start work on the route in January 2018 and expect to finish by late summer 2018. As part of this scheme, new pedestrian crossings will be installed on all arms of the Bristol Road and Priory Road junction. At the time of this tragic incident, a feasibility study was already under way to assess how the junction of Pershore Road and Edgbaston Road can be made more accessible to all road users and pedestrians. This work is currently ongoing. In the meantime, the council has also been working with partners on a wide range of activities designed to educate all road users on the importance of road safety. Click for further information about the A38 cycle route.
HS2 preparatory works
To find out more about HS2 construction in the Washwood Heath area of the city, a drop in event is being held on Thursday 19 October from 4pm to 7pm. HS2 Ltd and their contractor (LM) will be sharing all the latest details about plans for traffic management, noise insulation, the depot, demolitions and more. The event will be at Leigh Primary School, Warren Road, B8 2YH. HS2 Ltd is keen to work with those living or working along the route and their community engagement strategy can be viewed here.
New Street Station works
Improvement works to upgrade signals leading to smoother and more reliable services will take place between 21:30 on Saturday 23 December 2017 and 04:00 on Wednesday 3 January 2018. During this time a reduced service will run with replacement buses on some routes. Please plan ahead for travel and note that this may affect your journey if you are returning to work on Tuesday 2 January. More information about these works will be provided in our next update.
Road Safety Week (20-26 November)
Road Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to train staff and share information to help raise awareness of life-saving road safety messages. The theme this year is ‘Speed Down, Save Lives’ – find out how to get involved on the Brake website or click here for more information about the ‘Slower is Safer’ scheme in Birmingham.
Birmingham business survey: improving air quality
The deadline for responses to this survey has been extended until 31 October 2017. By sharing your views you will help develop an understanding of how Clean Air Zones could affect businesses in the city and the additional support which might be required. Click for more information and to complete the survey.
A toolkit is available to help businesses consider their delivery and service activities and how changes can be made to improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as reducing emissions. Click to download the Delivery & Service Planning toolkit.
Bus stop suspension trial
Transport for West Midlands are seeking feedback on the trial closure of bus stops on routes 8A, 8C, 45, 47, 50, 63 which began on 1 October. For more information and to share your views click here.
Smart Routing App
If you have an Apple iOS device and are a public transport user, you may be interested in taking part in a project to explore how Smartphones can act as a means of sharing transport data. If so click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Amey will be carrying out re-surfacing works on the following routes. Please plan your journey accordingly. Diversions will be in place.
– Five Ways underpass into city 16-25 October, 8pm-7.30am
– A452 Chester Road (from Kingsbury Road island to Tyburn Road island) ALL DAY 20-30 October
– Lancaster Circus Queensway roundabout, 22 October-2 November, 8pm-7.30am
Events with traffic restrictions
12 November 2017 – Remembrance Sunday city wide events
Information about journey planning and tickets can be found at www.networkwestmidlands.com . Walking or cycling can often be the easiest and cheapest travel option. Many popular destinations in Birmingham are accessible via off road routes such as the canal network. Click for more information about walking or cycling in Birmingham.
We urge everyone to be vigilant and immediately report anything they find suspicious or concerning.
– British Transport Police text 61016
– Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321
– In an emergency call 999
With kind regards,
On behalf of 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 www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected
Brandwood residents are invited to take photos of anti social and irresponsible parking in the Brandwood area because our local Councillors tell us that the Police will be notified . Please make sure that you get a number plate and email them to email@example.com and we will add to our worst parking gallery.
If you see your car in our gallery please think about other people, children, the elderly and other drivers – park somewhere sensible and walk. Thanks
Top of Kings Road/Vicarage Road
These are the points which were raised to Amey at our meeting 25th March…
Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting . She had prepared a ist of questions and local issues which residents have raised.
Brandwood Forum Questions & Issues in Brandwood Ward for Amey March 2015
Questions from the Chair
- How are street improvements decided?
- What is the Ward allocation for street improvements incl. double kerbing?
- When is this agreed?
- What is the programme for Brandwood Ward drains and gully cleaning?
- How is this decided?
- Who is Amey accountable to?
- Monyhull Hall Road grass verges- first reported 2012- told no to double kerbing
- Why was double kerbing done at Fernwood Croft, Westminster Drive when there was no need and residents actually said waste of money?
- Priory Road – potholes first reported 2012- dangerous for cyclists….some at least 7” deep
- Vicarage Road shop fronts potholes- first listed and sent 2012
- Disabled parking lines outside top Partons Road? First requested in 2013
- why were potholes were repaired on Chanston Ave last Autumn involving the equivalent of two days work for 2-3 people when they then did a major repair completely removing and resurfacing the top third about six weeks later.
In response to the Chairs questions…
Amey do a Detailed Visual Inspection of all roads and pavements once a year – in 20 metre sections Markings mean: Yellow – utilities Blue water , White potholes..
Residents urged to complain to BCC website about potholes paving etc as Amey then receives these… firstname.lastname@example.org
Programmes and Planning Manager is Steve Claxton
Drains and Gullies is John Hastilow
Street Lighting manager is John Murtagh
AMEY is responsible to JOHN BLAKEMOORE at Birmingham City Council
- Priory Road ( both ends) marked twice for over one year! STILL NOT DONE-WHY?
- Sunken drain next to pedestrian crossing at Monyhull
- Two blocked drains opp 58 and 82 Kings Road- cleaning rota? asked for last 4 months
- Entrance to Premiere Court- marked up but three left
- Why Chanston Ave repaired then completely resurfaced weeks later? Waste fo public money?… Amey reps said they agreed it was an odd
- Fernwood Croft Why were raised kerbs created when local residents said un needed and a waste of money?
- Monyhull Raised kerbs desperately required for last three years at Broadmeadow School but not done because of funds…
- Cllr Leddy informed residents that Fernwood Croft had been done because one resident had contacted him.
- Paving on Brandwood Road- Cllrs already walked down – nothing done WHY? Cllr Leddy explained about The Liverpool Inch- Kristian said there were 40 trip hazards…JG said he would look into this.
- Why were 3 Amey workers painting one lamppost?
- Lifford Lane gas pipe disruption promised to be fixed by April 1st
These are a few photos of two regular dumping hotspots opposite the Vicargae Road Post Office and the tree outside 262 Vicarage Road. Needless to say its been reported it to the City Council, to local Cllrs and to the Cabinet Member for Cleaner Greener streets, Lisa Trickett. The BCC Environmental Warden has even emailed us at the forum to say in her opinion there’s not a problem…
Sorry but there is. There are flats above the shops on Vicarage Road who don’t seem to understand the concept of Wheelie bins and designated collection days which in this area is a MONDAY.
Please on behalf of local people who do not want to live in a s…hole and who pay Council tax- PLEASE DO SOME BAG SEARCHES AND FINE THESE PEOPLE
I am delighted to announce that Mo Sandhu from Amey and Amey Operations Manager Jonny George will be coming to our meeting 25th March ( 7-8.30 MonyHull Church) so if you do have questions about – potholes- pavements and lighting then this is your chance to find out some answers…
Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management
Amey operates the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service, which is Europe’s largest local government highways partnership.
Working with Birmingham City Council we will deliver a step-change of improvements in the first five years with more than £350 million invested in the city’s highways network.
We will also remove a backlog of work and increase standards. We will then maintain the infrastructure at its improved standard for the remaining 20 years of the contract.
We maintain and manage 2,500km of roads, 4,200km of footways, 95,000 street lights, 76,000 street trees, around 1,100 traffic light signals and over 1,000 bridges, tunnels and highways structures.
Our winter services involve gritting 1,200km of road every night during freezing weather, maintaining 1,265 grit bins and treating priority pavements in icy conditions.
There is a single thread that connects our four core values: the customer.
At Amey we’re very proud of the things we do and equally proud of the way we do them.
By being Progressive, Accountable, Collaborative and Effective we build strong working relationships with our customers, partners and supply chain, to deliver excellent services.
Our values demonstrate our aim to be flexible at all times so we meet our customers’ needs. They provide us with a strong framework for delivering our services and guide us every day in everything we do.
|Making things better each day.||Doing what we say we will for
|People working together.||Getting the best value from the resources.|
|We invest in our people and use our combined knowledge to make advancements and innovations that excite our customers.||We honour our commitments and we take personal responsibility for health and safety, and for our social and environmental impact.||We are a people business and improve results by working together across Amey: with our customers, with our partners and with the communities we serve.||We use our resources responsibly (money, people, materials, suppliers and time) to deliver best value to our customers.|
Brandwood forum asks why were the cameras turned off before digital replacement?
Plans are now in place to go out to market to procure new digital camera technology to replace old ‘wet film’ safety cameras.
Birmingham City Council, working alongside Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and West Midlands Police (WMP) will be introducing new digital speed cameras – up to seven in Birmingham and up to three in Solihull with a further one average speed enforcement unit each – replacing existing obsolete units that were turned off in April 2013.
WMP took the decision to turn off the ‘wet film’ fixed-point speed cameras in April 2013, relying on mobile technology until such time as a suitable digital solution could be found.
The pilot costing Birmingham up to £600,000 and Solihull a further £400,000 is also backed by new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson and will enable the road safety benefits arising from speed camera installations to continue into the future, which otherwise would not be practical or cost-effective with the older and outdated technology.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety at Birmingham City Council, said: “Road accidents continue to affect too many residents and visitors to the city – eight people are injured every day, another is seriously injured and every fortnight we suffer one death.
“These road accidents are often devastating and tragic consequences for those involved as well as their family and friends.
“This pilot will help make roads safer and provide the police and local councils with data that will help inform any potential roll out of more cameras in the future.”
It is anticipated that subject to a suitable technology partner being identified, the cameras would go live in August 2015, for the pilot which would conclude in April 2017 – ahead of possible further extensions to the scheme in the autumn of that year.
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy at Birmingham City Council, added: Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy at Birmingham City Council, added: “Beyond the tragic consequences for families affected, these reported road traffic collisions also cost over £220million each year to the Birmingham economy.
“Collisions inevitably add to congestion, causing delays and disruption to road users, not only on the road on which the collisions take place, but also to people in the surrounding area.
“Therefore, it is only right we look at how we can reintroduce speed cameras to our roads, because the positive impact they have for urban mobility should not be ignored.”
Note to Editors
1. The locations of the proposed cameras will be determined once all bids from suppliers have been considered. They will be selected based upon factors including known local problems with speeding motorists and accident history.
For more media information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621
|Speeding is one of the ‘Fatal Five’ driving offences alongside drink driving, careless driving, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.
Inspector Richard Gathergood said: “Speed restrictions are there for the safety of everyone but sadly there are lots of drivers who don’t stick to them and some who have disregard for them altogether.’’
“Drivers who speed are more likely to be involved in a collision, causing damage and disruption at one end of the scale, to serious injury or death at the other.’’
“We see incidents on the motorway all the time where if people hadn’t have been going so fast the consequences may not have been as severe.’’
“My hope that this week is that people who do break the speed limit sit up and think – and consider more seriously the safety of themselves and others in the future.”
’’CMPG’s aim is clear, we want every single person using the midland motorway network to get home safely, every single day.’’
For further information visit: http://think.direct.gov.uk/speed.html
As ever enforcement is an issue with these initiatives: If drivers who caused accidents due to speeding /irresponsible behaviour etc were made to pay for the services called out and have to recompense all the drivers in the traffic jams for the time that they waste …then maybe these drivers would think twice before putting their foot down? Karen , Chair Brandwood Forum
What do you think?
Brandwood Forum Meeting Provisonal Dates 2014
All meeting start at 7pm until 8.30pm at Grove Road Social Club ( off Grove road centre of two Tower blocks next to the Red Lion Pub )
16th January 2014
11th December 2014