Smart Transport

West Midlands improves active travel infrastructure

walk and cycling sign

The reduction in car use and public transport during lockdown has encouraged councils to consider reallocation of road space to cycling, walking and other uses

Authorities across the West Midlands have taken measures to improve active travel infrastructure.

These include temporarily reducing the speed limit on the Wolverhampton city ring road to 30mph from late May and pedestrianising some city centre roads, increasing cycle parking in Walsall and increasing the space for pedestrians on high streets across Dudley and Smethwick.

In Birmingham, measures include the creation of pop-up cycle lanes on seven priority cycle routes, a Park and Pedal programme to provide park and cycle options at rail station car parks and the creation of low-traffic neighbourhoods using bollards or planters to close off roads to through traffic.

Some of the measures accelerate plans that were already contemplated.

The City Centre Traffic Cells Initiative, proposed in the draft Birmingham Transport Plan, will be brought forward, with the aim of creating a less traffic-dominated environment.

This will include the introduction of bus gates, banning some turning manoeuvres, and introducing contraflow cycling on one-way streets.

The scheme will be implemented as a trial and will seek feedback – in a reversal of the traditional ‘consult first, implement after’ model.

TfWM already has plans for a car scrappage scheme in Coventry under the Future Transport Zone funding which will be launched later in the year and will exchange vehicles for a package of mobility credits on public transport, bikes and car club membership.

“Some are accelerating long-term plans, and there is ambition for these changes to remain long-term, but it does depend on data and the impact of these schemes,” says  Claire Williams, TfWM cycling and walking manager.

Read Beate Kubitz's full article in Smart Transport Journal



Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.




Office Address
  • Smart Transport
    Media House
    Lynch Wood
    Peterborough
    PE2 6EA
Join the community
  • Smart Transport is the UK's most important brand to bring together senior public policy makers and influential private sector leaders to showcase real-time solutions aligned to government policy.
  •  
  • Find out more
  • Insight
  •  

 

Welcome to Smart Transport

Welcome to the Smart Transport website, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, insight and reports from policymakers and thought leaders.

The Smart Transport brand connects policy to solutions by bringing national government and local authority policymakers together with private sector organisations.

Contact Lindsay Greatbatch for more information.

© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd
Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA - Registered number 01176085 IPSO regulated logo

 

Smart Transport members

Smart Transport members 2022

Please note:
By submitting any material to us you are confirming that the material is your own original work or that you have permission from the copyright owner to use the material and to authorise Bauer Consumer Media to use it as described in this paragraph. You also promise that you have permission from anyone featured or
referred to in the submitted material to it being used by Bauer Consumer Media. If Bauer Consumer Media receives a claim from a copyright owner or a person
featured in any material you have sent us, we will inform that person that you have granted us permission to use the relevant material and you will be responsible for paying any amounts due to the copyright owner or featured person and/or for reimbursing Bauer Consumer Media for any losses it has suffered as a result.