Commercial Members Meeting - Vision for Movement


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  • Interconnect Birmingham is a system of ‘on-street’ wayfinding totems and signs to make the city centre more legible. Provides directional information to key destinations, core retail areas and key transport interchanges to allow visitors, both on business and leisure, to find their way around the city more easily.
  • First phase co-funded by Colmore BID, BCC, Marketing Birmingham and CentroDue for completion in April next yearPhase two subject to an ERDF bid, result due in July, which will allow further wayfinding infrastructure to be put on street
  • Typical Bus stop totem which has been designed to compliment the wayfinding totems being delivered by Interconnect Birmingham. Centro will be providing interchange totems at each of the five interchanges to make it easier to interchange between transport modes but will include location information to interface with Interconnect if the onward journey is on foot.
  • Developing proposals to improve the link between New Street and Moor Street stations which will become even more important when HS2 arrives in Eastside.
  • £650m redevelopment of New Street Station Provides passengers with much improved facilities and environment An atrium allows light onto the new concourse which will be 5 times bigger than the existing station Recent announcement that John Lewis will be a key part of a refurbished Palasades Shopping Centre
  • £10 million pound contribution from Centro Connects Birmingham and the West Midlands to a new worldwide market
  • Due for completion in 2014 Working with colleagues from BCC to deliver Currently consulting on Traffic Regulation Order, in particular with businesses affected Already successfully delivered a bridge over Great Charles Street
  • Optimised bus network Stop locations rationalised into five ‘bus interchanges’ making the network more legible and therefore easier to access The five interchanges cover all of the services which operate within the City Centre
  • Typical Sprint type vehicles
  • To deliver many of the improvements to public transport in the city centre, work is required to the existing highway and the way it is utilised In partnership with the City Council we will be looking at: Road priority measures Improvement to key junctions, in particular the inner ring road On street parking Servicing and waste collection arrangements and access for emergency vehicles Sustainable transport options such as travel plans and car sharing clubs.
  • Centro slide - Geoff to add notes
  • Centro slide - Geoff to add notes
  • Faster links to London and the rest of Europe Crucial to the future of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands Provides opportunities to improve the classic rail network, in particular inter-regional and local services
  • Phased approach to deliveryHeathrow link during Phase 2
  • Cost to public purse: £17bn
  • In 2008 West Midlands Gross Value Added (GVA) per head: £17,200; England average: £20,500;If GVA per head was at UK average, West Midlands economy would be £16.5Bn richerFactors for low GVA productivity performance include:Long term trend of Higher skilled jobs replaced by lower skilled jobs; Poor accessibility to highly skilled workforce Economy is slow to adapt to global economy trends; Higher than average unemployment rate;23million tonnes of CO2 per annum saved from HS2, real carbon savings come from full Y Network
  • The highest numbers of journeys since the Second World War on a network one third the size;Long distance growth is been driven by London’s economy;The need for HSR is clear but this must be complemented investment to meet today's demands now too: Birmingham- Coventry Four TrackingOffice for National Statistics: UK population is projected to increase by 4.3M by 2018 and by 10M by 2033
  • Passenger Focus Survey Autumn 2010 for Virgin Intercity West Coast services:1. Journey purpose – Leisure 60%; Business 30%, Commute 9%2. Age Profile- 16-34= 21%; 35-54=38%; 55-64= 25%; 65+ = 15%3. Male= 40%; Female 60% approx
  • Predicted WM growth equates to 3% approx per annum; existing growth has been more 5.5% per annum for last 6 years including the economic downturnRail travel accounts for 27% of AM peak commuter journeys into central Birmingham;Capacity Utilisation Index (0600-0900) today: Wolverhampton- Birmingham- Coventry 80%+; Cross City South 100%; Frequency to local stations constrained on many routes (e.g. Wolverhampton Line)Service interval irregular to some stationsLack of through services cross- BirminghamWalsall has poor connectivitImportant regional towns such as Tamworth and Telford are poorly servedFreight services difficult to accommodate – often need convoluted routes and long journey timesRegional and Inter-city services often have to fulfil a local transport role, slowing down journey times for long-distance passengersIntensity of network use increases performance risks
  • Existing mix-use network is very inefficient; differ service types have differing service speeds and stopping patterns
  • Crucially evidence suggest upgrades to WCML required now as well as HS2 e.g. Birmingham – Coventry 4 trackingRP2 doesn't provide long term capacity beyond meet predicted rail growth up to 2025; Coventry particularly loses out from RP2: reduced services to London, Birmingham, Birmingham Intl and Manchester; no possibility of Coventry- Leamington (NUCKLE phase 2)
  • Centro has undertake timetable scenario’s to maximise the released capacity on existing rail networkMore capacity for existing services; more connectivity to new destinations across UKCoventry loses 1 trains per hour to London but services would have considerably more seating available therefore actually increasing capacity
  • DfT published longer term strategy for SFN in September 2009 54 % growth in tonnage moved predicted by 2030Future growth centred on Intermodal Freight Containers from deep sea ports e.g. Felixstowe or SouthamptonNew Avonmouth port in Bristol expected to handle 1m containers per annum of which 40% will be moved by rail and will enter metropolitan area via Stourbridge;
  • Can reduce the GVA Gap by:reducing the travel time between economic centres;Expands access to the employment pool allowing business to access the skilled workforces they needProviding new connectivity to new markets within an increasingly global economy;Attracting inward investment and business expansion;Lyon is now home to 5 high value business sectors including 2 internationally recognised clusters leading to huge increases in GVA;
  • Economic benefits of HS2 spread across whole of the met area;1500 jobs will be created through operations and maintenance of HS2 alone including 300 jobs at the new Washwood Heath depot;
  • Package of improvements needed:Better public transport access into Birmingham City Centre Extensions to Metro networkImproved bus accessRail service improvements from wider regionAreas such as the Black Country particularly need improved access to BirminghamBetter interchange within city centre between bus/rail/metro and High Speed 2Highway improvements around Birmingham Interchange stationAirport/NEC improvements
  • Commercial Members Meeting - Vision for Movement

    1. 1. Geoff Inskip Chief Executive Centro• Vision for Movement 1
    2. 2. Birmingham city centre Vision for movementWhy? • An agenda for change from the BID’s • Shared desire to get on and deliver • Based on realistic objectives • One Vision for external funding bodies • Use private and public expertise
    3. 3. Birmingham city centreVision for movementThe Partnership Colmore BID Centro Retail BID Vision for Movement Broad Street Birmingham BID City Council
    4. 4. Broad Street BIDConnecting Rapid transport solution
    5. 5. • Safe and welcoming streets for people• Design strategy for a spectacular shopping place• A clear ‘mental map’
    6. 6. Vision for movement3 clear principles: Walkable Efficient Connected
    7. 7. Vision for movement Walkable Easy Routes...
    8. 8. Walkable City
    9. 9. Walkable City – Interconnect Birmingham 9
    10. 10. 10
    11. 11. Typical Bus StopTotem 11
    12. 12. Walkable City -Moor Street/New 12Street Link
    13. 13. Vision for movement ConnectedMetro /Rail/ Sprint...
    14. 14. BirminghamGateway 14
    15. 15. Birmingham Airport Runway ExtensionDeliver increased employment andregional wealthPotential to generate an extra 2,160new jobs for local peopleTrade with an extra 100 plus new localeconomies, providing regionaleconomic growth and even more jobsin the regionOpportunities to attract inwardinvestment, foster international trade,support regional business, commerceand industry, stimulate inboundtourism and enhance cultural links 15
    16. 16. Midland Metro Extension: Snow Hill to NewStreet • 1.5km additional route length • Link Snow Hill and New Street Stations • Better penetration of shopping/business areas • Programme linked to New Street Gateway 16
    17. 17. City Centre Bus Interchange 17
    18. 18. Birmingham Sprint... 18
    19. 19. Vision for movement
    20. 20. Sprint/ RapidTransit Network
    21. 21. Sprint- Rapid Transit
    22. 22. Vision for movement Efficient Smarter roads...
    23. 23. An Efficient City• Providing priority access for public transport and pedestrians and cyclists at congested locations.• Improvements to key road junctions• Developing parking strategies to improve the efficiency of parking within the city centre.• Improve servicing and waste collection arrangements in the city centre and access for emergency vehicles.• Promote the use of sustainable travel options through existing business and 23 residential communities.
    24. 24. Vision for movement Delivering the Vision• In five years time: – A Well Connected City • First phase of ‘Birmingham Sprint’ • Metro extension between Snow Hill and New Street Stations • Birmingham Gateway • Birmingham City Centre Interchange • Planning for HS2 – An Efficient City • Smart Routes • Smartcard – A Walkable City • Moor Street/New Street Link • Wayfinding and visitor information systems
    25. 25. Vision for movementDelivering the Vision • Steering Group – Large agenda for transport over the coming years – Provides a focus for city centre – Joint public/private sector working – Key role in overseeing and co- ordinating public transport schemes in the city centre
    26. 26. High Speed Rail
    27. 27. Highspeed 2 27
    28. 28. What is High Speed Rail?• “Y” shaped network connecting the major economic centres of the UK,• West Midlands at heart of network• Connectivity to Newcastle and Scotland via existing network;• Crossrail connection via Old Oak Common;• International connectivity via High Speed 1• Birmingham- Paris: 3hrs
    29. 29. New Connectivity and Reduced Journey Times
    30. 30. High Speed 2: West Midlands to London• First phase of Y-Network;• Connectivity to West Coast Main Line• High Speed Rail stations at: - Birmingham City Centre - Birmingham Airport/ NEC; - Old Oak Common - London Euston• Depot at Washwood Heath• Services commencing from 2025
    31. 31. Birmingham Connections into HS2• City centre station at Curzon Street• 6 platforms• Route uses Water Orton corridor• Depot at Washwood Heath• Interchange station near Airport/NEC with major P&R provision• Birmingham linked both north and south
    32. 32. The Case for High Speed Rail in the West Midlands• To tackle the capacity and growth challenge on the West Coast Main Line and on our Local Rail network;• To provide vastly improved connectivity to the North, maximising our position at the heart of the country;• To allow the development of improved local rail and freight services to support industry, business, commuting and leisure;Together these things:• Help deliver global competitiveness;• Provide a step change in economic growth;
    33. 33. Rail Capacity• Rail is a huge success:1.2bn national journeys per annum;• Long distance journeys: doubled in the period 1994/95 to 2009/10;• Rail Freight: provides economic benefits of £6bn per annum to UK; volumes carried expected to double by 2030;• Rail system is at capacity: - overcrowding now common place - West Coast services now full at weekends;• There is a clear need to take action now – a view supported by Network Rail and Greengauge studies• Economic and population growth to drive rail growth over next 15 years
    34. 34. Demand for National Connectivity from the West Midlands• London, as heart of UK economy, will drive patronage growth• By 2024/25, patronage is forecast to grow by: Birmingham- London: 35%; Birmingham – Manchester: 40%; Birmingham – Glasgow: 65%;• Virgin Intercity West Coast :16m trips in 1999 but 31m today;• Long distance services used by all sectors of society for differing journey purposes
    35. 35. West Midlands Local Rail Capacity• West Midlands at heart of national rail network• West Midlands Network is largely twin-track supporting long-distance, regional, local and freight services• Significant capacity constraints and crowding issues already exist• Connectivity across Birmingham is poor and some stations have irregular services (e.g. 20 min then 42 minute gaps)• A conservative 32% patronage increase predicted by 2019/20• Growth in long-distance passenger services will put increasing pressure on the Local Commuter Rail Network;• Rail Freight growth to require 40-80 rail freight train paths per day by 2030, growth of 25% approx
    36. 36. How High Speed Rail resolves the Rail Capacity Challenge• Segregates Intercity services away from existing rail network;• Existing mix-use network is very inefficient• Huge rail capacity is provided to meet Intercity demand• Released existing capacity can be utilised to provide for Local Commuter services, cross-country and freight growth;• Provides the opportunity to revolutionise how we travel
    37. 37. Alternatives to High Speed RailUpgrade the West Coast Main Line/ Rail Package 2• Hugely disruptive to existing railway;• Previous upgrade cost x4 original estimate; 4 years late;• Benefits to Intercity travel only• Local Commuter and Freight growth sacrificed;• Opportunity lost for new International/ national connectivity;New Convention Line• Saves only 9% of the costs of the high speed line;• Halve the time savings from a high speed train;• Quantified benefits fall by 33%• Benefit: Cost Ratio of 1.0• No international connectivity;
    38. 38. Connectivity Expansion: Future Network Scenario• HSR provides opportunity to remodelled existing rail network• Example Coventry: - More national connectivity: Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland; - More local commuter connectivity: Milton Keynes, Birmingham Intl, Leamington;
    39. 39. Freight• West Midlands at heart of national Strategic Freight Network• Considerable freight growth forecast• Longer trains, W10+ container gauge• West Midlands major bottleneck• Need to create freight “bypass” for congested central Birmingham network• Stourbridge – Walsall Rail Freight Route• Other capacity enhancements also needed to create flexible routing options for freight operators
    40. 40. The Economic Case: The Needs of Business• Business community identifies the following as the needs of business today and in the future: - In the 21st Century economy, businesses need greater national and international connectivity; - Connectivity to the people with the right skills for their business; - fast and reliable connectivity to existing/ new customers and markets;• High Speed Rail Case Studies: Ashford: 9000 new jobs; 1500 new companies Lyon: 20,000 new jobs, major regeneration of city centre; Lillie: 50,000 new jobs since HSR line built
    41. 41. Economic Benefits of High Speed Two• 40,000 additional jobs across the UK inc. 22,000 additional jobs in the West Midlands economy; Sub-Region Residential Employment Created by HS2 Birmingham & Solihull 13,000 Black Country 3,500 Coventry 1,200 Wider Economic Area 4,000• West Midlands benefits from £1.5Bn GVA benefits per annum from package of High Speed Rail and local rail network improvements;• Catalyst for regeneration;
    42. 42. Why Centro Supports High Speed Rail• This position was developed by assessing the economic, rail and carbon challenges;• Evidence demonstrates High Speed Rail will: - Provide major economic and carbon benefits to the West Midlands; - Provide the rail capacity required to meet future growth for Intercity and Local commuter, Regional and Freight Services; - No alternative could provide these benefits• A generational opportunity to revolutionise the way we travel in the UK
    43. 43. Conclusions• HS2 will be transformational as it solves our capacity problems on the network creating a major opportunity to change the use of the “classic” network• More and better local, regional and freight services• Will have significant economic and jobs benefits reshaping our national economy• Also needs a package of network investment to support growth and improve connectivity into HS2 from whole region• Needs to start planning now