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Emergency Transport Plan, Moseley ward forum


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Presentation on the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan delivered at Moseley ward forum, 8 July 2020

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Emergency Transport Plan, Moseley ward forum

  1. 1. Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan Moseley ward forum 8 July 2020 Joe Green, Travel Demand Manager
  2. 2. Context Draft Birmingham Transport Plan published in January 2020 sets out what we need to do differently to meet future demands:  Climate emergency – carbon neutral Birmingham by 2030  Air quality – going beyond the legal minimum requirements  Accommodating future growth – population and economy  Grasping opportunities – Birmingham welcomes investment  Travel Demand Management approach to encourage change Towards the end of public consultation on this plan, the UK was placed in lockdown to reduce the spread of COVID-19… PAGE 2
  3. 3. Transport impact from COVID-19 and lockdown PAGE 3  Overall reduction in traffic levels (extent varies across modes)  Challenges around public transport capacity & confidence  Some issues around speeding and dangerous driving  More people walking & cycling, generally for leisure/exercise  Some people shopping more locally, often by foot or by bike  Quieter streets and improved air quality, leading to creation of more pleasant residential environments across the city  Opportunities to lock in these benefits as lockdown eases
  4. 4.  Traffic initially dropped to around a third of usual levels  Gradual rises since the easing of lockdown (from 1 June, 15 June and 4 July as schools, retail and hospitality begin to reopen), currently at around ¾ of usual levels Road Traffic Data PAGE 4 AvgweekJanuarytoMarch 16-22March 23-29March 30March- 5April 6-12April 13-19April 20-26April 27April-3May 4-10May 11-17May 18-24May 25-31May 1-7June 8-14June 15-21June 22-28June 29June-5July 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 Thousands Vehicles per week on A38(M) at Dartmouth Circus
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  6. 6. Emergency BTP - Vision The vision for Birmingham’s transport is for a sustainable, green, inclusive, go-anywhere network and for a low carbon, clean air recovery from COVID-19 lockdown. Safe and healthy environments support stronger communities and will make active travel – walking and cycling – the first choice for people making short journeys. A fully integrated, high quality public transport system will be the go-to choice for longer trips. In the short term, limited capacity on public transport will be offset by increased space for walking and cycling and by reduced travel overall. (built on same Vision & Big Moves as draft Birmingham Transport Plan) PAGE 6
  7. 7. Reallocating road space Reallocating road space away from single occupancy private cars to create safe space for walking, cycling and social distancing while maintaining public transport provision. PAGE 7 • Review dual carriageways for cycle/bus lanes. • Review high streets for footway widening • Review footways for shared foot/cycle track • Review planned schemes to maximise walking, cycling and public transport • Accelerate delivery of cycle infrastructure
  8. 8. Managing demand through parking measures Managing demand through parking measures where land and space currently occupied by car parking is repurposed for walking, cycling and social distancing. PAGE 8 • Review on-street parking for footway widening • Discourage parking on footways • Parklets and/or spill-out business activity. • Prioritise space for disabled parking, car club vehicles, electric vehicle charging • More cycle and motorcycle parking • Review implementation of CPZs • Adopt new Parking SPD
  9. 9. Transforming the city centre Transforming the city centre through the creation of walking and cycling routes alongside public transport services and limited access for private cars. PAGE 9 Photo credit:Southside BID @EnjoySouthside • City centre traffic cells • Seek opportunities for footway widening. • Review bus stops and waiting space • Space for parklets/spill-out business activity • Accelerate/enhance public realm project • Establish new cycle links • Cycle/motorcycle parking & e-scooter hire • Adjust crossings for more pedestrian priority • Reimagine James Watt Queensway
  10. 10. Prioritising active travel in local neighbourhoods Prioritising active travel in local neighbourhoods so that walking and cycling is the way most people get around their local area most of the time. Local areas are places where people are put first, creating stronger communities with space for exercise and play. PAGE 10 • 20mph speed limits • Low traffic neighbourhood pilots • Measures to support schools • Footway widening • Pedestrian crossings • E-scooter and e-cargo bike trials • Prioritise walking/cycling in local schemes
  11. 11. Funding  Emergency Active Travel Fund (DfT) • West Midlands (WMCA) to receive £17.2m in 2020/21 (indicative) • Provisionally Birmingham will receive c£5m of this allocation overall • Infrastructure schemes are being delivered alongside package of supporting measures & a regional communications campaign • Funding being released in two tranches (20%/80%) – Tranche one: mainly for temporary/trial measures (delivered in Jul-Aug) – Tranche two: beginning to implement things more permanently (by Mar 21)  Reopening High Streets Safely Fund (MHCLG) • Birmingham has been allocated £1,016,937 • Coordinated by Neighbourhoods Directorate, but aligned with Transport activity around city centre and local centres/high streets • Mainly for safety measures around social distancing when queuing PAGE 11
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  13. 13. Emergency Active Travel Fund (tranche one)  Pop-up cycle lanes (x7) • Sutton Coldfield ring-road; A45 (City Centre to Small Heath); A38 (Selly Oak to Northfield); A47 (City Centre to Fort Dunlop); City centre to City Hospital via JQ; Bradford Street; A38 to A34 link  Park & Pedal (from train stations and other suitable locations, largely connecting to existing routes with some spurs added)  City Centre Traffic Cells initiative  Places for People Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – two pilots in Lozells and Kings Heath plus some other quick-win measures  Pavement widening in Stirchley & Moseley local centres - Temporary measures, with potential to become permanent PAGE 13
  14. 14. Emergency Active Travel Fund (tranche one) in and around Moseley  Moseley local centre scheme  First set of measures delivered from this week, with some opportunity for further measures as required.  Places for People o Low Traffic Neighbourhood pilot in Kings Heath, with potential for an early demonstration measure on School Road ahead of wider development and engagement for this part of Moseley.  Car Free School Streets o Scheme extended to 6 more schools from September 2020, including Anderton Park Primary School (Dennis Road). PAGE 14
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