The public is being asked for its views on four proposed road schemes in Birmingham city centre aimed at reducing the impact of building work to extend the Midland Metro.
A new route is being built from New Street Station to Edgbaston, mostly along Broad Street. This will mean changes for some traffic, including buses, particularly at Paradise Queensway and Five Ways.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), has worked with Birmingham City Council to develop proposals to minimise the impact on bus users.
The changes are scheduled to start from this summer and will see new bus priority measures, including at Bath Row where some bus services will divert, and at Great Charles Street Queensway.
Laura Shoaf, managing director of TfWM said: “The Midland Metro extension along Broad Street is going to transform public transport in this part of Birmingham, but while construction takes place we need to make sure buses can continue to operate.
“The work is going to mean possible disruption for buses, particularly at Paradise Circus Queensway and Five Ways.
“We want to know what people think of the measures we plan to bring in to help ensure we can come up with the best solution for buses and bus users.”
There are four proposed schemes, which would be introduced at different times during the works:
Proposal 1 – Sheepcote Street
- Southbound bus lane on Sheepcote Street from the entrance of the Arena Birmingham (NIA) car park to King Edward’s Drive (in the direction of Broad Street).
- Removal of existing bus lane at the junction of St. Vincent Street and Sheepcote Street.
Proposal 2 – Paradise Queensway/Great Charles Street Queensway/Margaret Street
- Bus lane on Paradise Circus Queensway and onto Great Charles Street Queensway.
- Bus lane on Great Charles Street Queensway to Newhall Street.
- Bus Lane on Margaret Street, from the junction of Cornwall Street to Great Charles Street Queensway.
- Changes to on-street parking on Margaret Street (between Cornwall Street and Great Charles Street Queensway).
Proposal 3 – Islington Row Middleway/George Road/Bath Row
- One-way system along George Road (from St James’ Road to Islington Row Middleway).
- Improvements to George Road/Bath Row/Islington Row Middleway junction to provide new traffic signals, including pedestrian crossing facilities, and right turn from Islington Row Middleway into Bath Row for all vehicles.
- Bus gate at George Road to allow buses to cross directly from Islington Row Middleway into Bath Row.
Proposal 4 – Bath Row/Holloway Head
- Bus lane on Bath Row / Holloway Head on the approach to Holloway Circus, between Granville Street and Blucher Street.
- Changes to on-street parking and waiting restrictions on Bath Row and Holloway Head.
People can give their views online at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/citycentreroadimprovements
There will also be drop-in sessions on:
- Monday 12 March – Ladywood Health & Community Centre, St Vincent Street, Ladywood, B16 8RP, between 3pm and 6pm.
- Wednesday 14 March – TfWM exhibition bus, Central Square, Brindleyplace, between 11am and 3pm.
- Saturday 17 March – Cineworld, Broad Street, between 12pm and 4pm.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 21 March 2018.
Responses will then be considered and appropriate changes made to the proposals.
PICTURE CAPTION: Artist’s impression of the Midland Metro terminus at Hagley Road in Edgbaston, near Five Ways.