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For many years, Digbeth High Street has been an urban motorway, delivering cars into the very centre of Birmingham. While the area around New Street and the Bullring has become a commercial centre, with a welcoming environment, Digbeth High Street has stagnated with most people choosing to avoid the fumes. This is set to changed with the delivery of the Metro Eastside extension, which will eventually extend from the centre of Birmingham to the airport.
In preparation for the construction of Curzon Street Station for HS2, Birmingham City Council is proposing to install a bus gate on Moor Street Queensway outside of the train station. When Curzon Street Station is built, Park Street, which currently carries most of the private motor traffic travelling through that area towards Digbeth, will be closed. That closure will push all that private motor traffic on to Moor Street Queensway, greatly increasing the congestion on there and slowing down all the buses unless action is taken to prevent that.
Following a series of consultations earlier this year, Birmingham City Council has launched a new consultation for Sherlock Street aimed at improving bus times heading out of the city. The initial proposal was to remove the cycle lanes on the first part of Sherlock Street, to make space for a new bus lane. The strong response to that consultation has sent Birmingham City Council back to the drawing board, and instead they are proposing a bus gate to stop private motor traffic blocking the exit of Sherlock Street onto Belgrave Middleway.
Following the completion of the cycle track from the city center along the A34 to Heathfield Road, many people asked when the route would be completed by taking it through Perry Barr. The plans for that extension have now been released as part of the redevelopment of Perry Barr center with the preparations for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
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.