Cross-city bus Phase 1 (city centre) Traffic Regulation Order

Closed 10 Mar 2022

Opened 17 Feb 2022


As we work towards a low-carbon, clean air agenda, we need to make sure that public transport is constantly improving to make journeys quicker, easier and more reliable. Travelling by bus means less congestion and better air quality for everybody.

Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council are working together on a number of road schemes in Birmingham city centre which aim to improve bus travel. Black cab users/drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists will also benefit from these schemes.

In the West Midlands, the government is funding a series of new bus priority measures. These schemes are the beginning of a journey to unlock and free buses from delays in the city centre and support the wider delivery of cross-city bus routes.

These schemes will benefit almost 40 million passengers per year, providing new bus only roads, junction upgrades and enhanced waiting facilities.

This consultation is about the Traffic Regulation Orders (the legal documents required to make changes to the status of the road) associated with the cross-city bus Phase 1 city centre scheme.

About this consultation

During this consultation, you can make comments on the proposals or submit a formal objection (which must include the grounds for the objection). You can either make your response via this webpage (please provide your contact details as part of your response), by email to or you can post a written objection to: Assistant Director - Transport & Connectivity, Inclusive Growth Directorate, 1 Lancaster Circus Queensway, PO Box 14439, Birmingham B2 2JE.

All responses must be received by 10 March 2022.

If you have chosen to object to the proposed orders, you may be contacted by a project officer to further discuss your objection.

If you have any questions about this consultation or need help understanding the plans, please contact or call the scheme promotor, Transport for West Midlands on 0345 303 6760 (option 2).

What is included in this consultation?

A Traffic Regulation Order, or TRO, is the legal documentation required to make changes to the status of the highway (road). This consultation is to make residents and businesses aware of the proposals to introduce, and make permanent, TROs in the city centre on: Margaret Street, Edmund Street, Cornwall Street, Great Charles Street Queensway and Snow Hill Queensway. All plans can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

A TRO is accompanied by a plan (map) showing the proposed measures visually

The TROs in this consultation include three types of change: traffic movements; bus lanes; parking 

Traffic movements

To introduce a no right turn except buses, taxis and pedal cycles restriction from Great Charles Street Queensway into Newhall Street (towards the city centre).

View traffic movement variation plan

View traffic movement variation TRO


Bus lanes

To amend the length of existing 24 hour bus lanes (for buses, black cabs, motor cycles and pedal cycles) on:

  • Great Charles Street Queensway
  • Margaret Street

To introduce a  24 hour bus lane (for buses, black cabs and pedal cycles) on a length of:

  • Snow Hill Queensway

View Great Charles St Queensway & Margaret St bus lane variation plan

View Snow Hill Queensway bus lane plan

View bus lane variation TRO

Parking - Controlled Parking Zone

To remove existing disabled badge holder parking bays from lengths of:

  • Margaret Street
  • Edmund Street

To introduce disabled badge holder parking bays on lengths of:

  • Cornwall Street

To remove payment parking bays from:

  • Margaret Street
  • Edmund Street 
  • Cornwall Street

To remove a motor cycle parking bay from:

  • Margaret Street 

To introduce a motor cycle parking bay on a length of:

  • Cornwall Street

To remove car club parking bays from:

  • Margaret Street

To introduce car club parking bays on a length of:

  • Cornwall Street

To remove electric vehicle parking bays from:

  • Margaret Street 

To introduce electric vehicle parking bays on a length of:

  • Cornwall Street

To introduce and consolidate waiting and loading restrictions on lengths of:

  • Margaret Street
  • Cornwall Street
  • Edmund Street
  • Snow Hill Queensway

To remove existing loading restrictions on a length of:

  • Margaret Street

View Margaret Street etc  CPZ variation plan 1

View Margaret Street etc CPZ variation plan 2

View Snow Hill Queensway CPZ variation plan

View CPZ variation TRO


  • Soho & Jewellery Quarter


  • All residents
  • People with Disabilities
  • Cyclists
  • Motor Vehicle Drivers
  • Pedestrians
  • Local Residents
  • Public Sector Bodies
  • Businesses
  • Faith groups
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff


  • Democracy and Participation
  • Faith & Religion
  • Libraries
  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • Business
  • City Centre Parking