Bus Priority Measures

Closed 7 May 2019

Opened 1 Apr 2019

Overview

If you completed this survey before 5 April, please read this important information

If you completed the consultation survey before 5 April, a technical error means that you may not have been asked to comment on Smallbrook Queensway, Upper Dean Street or Coventry Road. If you entered your email address to receive email confirmation, you can use the link to edit your response. Otherwise, you are welcome to submit a second response with your comments on these three schemes. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Lots of people travel to and in Birmingham city centre every day. We need to improve public transport to make it easy for people to get around and to reduce reliance on private cars, which cause unnecessary congestion and air pollution. We are currently working to create a clean air city, including the introduction of a Clean Air Zone from 2020. The main goal is to reduce the level of nitrogen dioxide in the city's air.

As part of the Clean Air Zone, a number of additional transport improvements including bus priority schemes have been designed on key transport corridors in the city.

Bus Priority Measures

While figures show good levels of satisfaction among bus users across the West Midlands, traffic congestion in Birmingham reduces journey time and reliability.

Bus priority measures, including bus lanes and bus gates, improve bus journey time and reliability, supporting people to change their travel habits by switching from private cars to more sustainable forms of transport such as buses.

Bus Priority Measures Locations

We are proposing bus priority measures on key corridors adjacent to the A4540 Middleway.

Overview map of bus priority measure locations

1 Smallbrook Queensway

A new bus lane on Smallbrook Queensway (starting just before Dudley Street and ending on the approach to Holloway Circus).

There are currently two lanes for general traffic. These will become one bus (and bicycle/taxis) lane and one lane for general traffic. The loading/taxis space opposite the Simply Local shop will be removed. The space for motorcycle parking will reduced in size and secure fixings will be added.

Bus lane on south side of Smalbrook Queensway

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2 Upper Dean Street

A bus gate will prevent general traffic accessing Upper Dean Street and Moat Lane from Pershore Street. Short bus lanes on Pershore Street will allow only buses, taxis and bicycles to turn into Upper Dean Street.

Upper Dean Street will still be accessible to all traffic from Moat Lane, for access to Dean Street and loading and servicing facilities on Upper Dean Street.

Bus gates on Upper Dean Street and bus lanes on Pershore Street

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3 Coventry Road

A new outbound bus lane from Digbeth High Street to Bordesley Circus.

There are currently two narrow (about 2.75m wide) lanes for general traffic in each direction on this road. We are considering four different options to accommodate the new bus lane, and would like to know which one you think is the best.

In all cases, the bus stops under the railway bridge are removed; buses currently using these stops (17, 60, X1, X2 and some school services) will continue to serve nearby stops on High Street at Adderley Street.

Option A:

Keep four narrow lanes, changing to three outbound (towards Bordesley Circus roundabout) and one inbound (away from Bordesley Circus).

The inbound lane would be for general traffic. The two left hand outbound lanes would be for general traffic, the right hand lane for buses, taxis and bicycles only.

This option has the advantage of keeping two outbound lanes for general traffic. Having the bus lane on the right side makes it easier for buses to turn right at Bordesley Circus.

Option B:

Keep four narrow lanes, changing to three outbound (towards Bordesley Circus roundabout) and one inbound (away from Bordesley Circus).

The inbound lane would be for general traffic. The left hand outbound lane would be buses taxis and bicycles only, the two right hand lanes for general traffic.

This option has the advantage of keeping two outbound lanes for general traffic. Having the bus lane on the left side means it is easier for cyclists to use, and would allow the possibility of keeping the bus stops under the railway bridge.

Option C:

Create three wider lanes (about 3.65m wide), two outbound (towards Bordesley Circus roundabout) and one inbound (away from Bordesley Circus).

The inbound lane would be for general traffic. The left hand outbound lanes would be for general traffic, the right hand lane for buses, taxis and bicycles only.

This option has the advantage of widening what are currently narrow lanes (particularly helpful for cyclists). Having the bus lane on the right side makes it easier for buses to turn right at Bordesley Circus.

Option D:

Create three wider lanes (about 3.65m wide), two outbound (towards Bordesley Circus roundabout) and one inbound (away from Bordesley Circus).

The inbound lane would be for general traffic. The left hand outbound lanes would be for buses, taxis and bicycles only, the right hand lane for general traffic.

This option has the advantage of widening what are currently narrow lanes (particularly helpful for cyclists). Having the bus lane on the left side means it is easier for cyclists to use, and would allow the possibility of keeping the bus stops under the railway bridge.

Bus lane on north side of Coventry Road, near station

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Download detailed design map for Coventry Road Option D

4 Rea Street

A new bus gate on Digbeth High Street (B4100) on the approach to the right turn into Rea Street (in the direction of Bordesley).

The right turn lane from Digbeth High Street to Rea Street will become a bus (and bicycle/taxi) lane. General traffic will no longer be able to turn right here. All traffic will still be able to turn left from Digbeth High Street into Rea Street.

Bus lane and gate for right turn into Rea Street

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5 Sherlock Street

A new outbound bus lane along Sherlock Street (between Gooch Street and Belgrave Middleway) and a shared footway/ cycleway on Sherlock Street in the direction of Digbeth.

This section of Sherlock Street currently has an advisory cycle lane and a lane for general traffic in each direction, with a painted central reservation. This will change to a bus (and bicycle/taxi) lane and one lane for general traffic travelling away from Digbeth, and one lane for general traffic travelling towards Digbeth. The pavement on the west side (left when traveling towards Digbeth and the city centre) will become shared use for pedestrians and cyclists.

Bus lane on east side of Sherlock Street, shared cycle/footway on west side

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In all cases, we are proposing that the vehicles allowed in the bus lanes are buses, taxis (this means Hackney Carriages or 'black cabs' but not private hire vehicles) and bicycles. Emergency vehicles on a blue light call may use any bus lane.

There will be one further bus priority measures consultation, this will be for an extension to the existing bus lanes on Constitution Hill (towards St Chads), information about this will be publicised separately.

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