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Three new stations, at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell, are being proposed as part of the plans to re-open the Camp Hill Line railway to passenger trains. A public engagement process is being carried out in preparation for formal planning applications in spring next year. This public engagement is being conducted online as well as at drop-in sessions in the areas around the proposed stations, and will run until the 14th December 2018.
The HS2 team are holding a public engagement process for the design of the Curzon Street station and surrounding urban realm, including public transport and cycling routes. The plans can be found on the HS2 in Birmingham website, although at the moment the cycle route suggestions aren't on there (see the images at the end of this blog post). The public engagement finishes on the 9th November 2018.
Earlier this year, central government announced a limited fund for junction safety improvements for cycling and walking. Birmingham City Council submitted bids for two junctions, and secured funding for the largest of those - the junction of Pershore Road and Priory Road where Suzanna Bull was killed by a lorry last year.
Birmingham City Council (BCC) is consulting on proposed changes to Dudley Road between Spring Hill roundabout on the Middleway, to the junction with Icknield Port Road, just past Birmingham City Hospital. With 750 new homes planned on the Birmingham City Hospital site, and 700 on the Soho Loop Site opposite, there will be substantial changes to transport patterns in the area. BCC state that they hope these plans will improve the flow of people through the area to help meet the extra demand.
Birmingham City Council has published surveys on the parks and on parking, asking the public for their views on these services. These two surveys provide an opportunity to get our voices heard on a couple of issues.
This month, Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) is holding a consultation on what factors would encourage respondents to cycle more regularly to a Sprint rapid transit bus stop. This is a golden opportunity to tell TfWM how they can help you to cycle to and make use of these major public transport schemes. The consultation also includes details of 3 Sprint routes that TfWM is proposing in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, from Birmingham city centre to Birmingham airport, Walsall and Sutton Coldfield.
In the week that Manchester announced a £1.5 bn investment plan (with £160 mn already allocated) for a comprehensive cycle network, Birmingham City Council has released highway plans that show it does not know how to carry out joined up transport planning nor how to facilitate cycling.