A38 Pop-Up Cycle Lane: Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

Closes 28 Feb 2021

Opened 23 Nov 2020

Overview

As part of the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan and through available funding from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF), we have made a number of changes to enable people to travel safely and  sustainably during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to build on recent changes in behaviour and enable people to continue walking and cycling more. Travelling by bike and on foot is cheap, improves your health, reduces pollution and cuts congestion.

In addition, with overall capacity on public transport reduced to accomodate social distancing, we have reaffirmed our support for buses in the city with the Birmingham Bus Statement, committing to do what we can to enable high quality and reliable services. This includes reallocating road space away from the private car so buses do not get caught in congestion, journey times are reduced and more reliable, and the bus becomes an attractive option to more travellers.

Moving forward, we will look at whether these temporary schemes should be made permanent.

Ultimately, we know that Birmingham cannot sustain increasing levels of car use. We are facing a climate emergency and we have finite road space available. We need to enable people to travel in ways which are better for the planet and take up less road space per person or trip.

About the consultation process

Initially, we needed to implement these emergency schemes very quickly, which limited opportunities for consultation and engagement prior to delivery. We asked people for informal feedback, and we pleased to receive a high number of responses across all the schemes.

We are now in a phase of formal consultation on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (the legal paperwork process for changes to the streets).

Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO)

As a temporary, trial scheme, this has been implemented using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO). Under this, formal consultation takes place during the first six months that the order is in place.

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) or can post a written objection to Assistant Director - Transport & Connectivity, Inclusive Growth Directorate, 1 Lancaster Circus Queensway, PO Box 14439, Birmingham B2 2JE.

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

Future consultation

If the scheme is to be made permanent, we would also need (as a minimum) to hold a consultation on a new, permanent TRO. It is possible for this to happen during the six month consultation on the ETRO, or after it.

The scheme and Traffic Regulation Orders

We have reallocated road space to create a cycle route between the Birmingham Cycle Revolution A38 cycle route and Selly Oak Triangle, and a shared bus and cycle lane between Selly Oak and Northfield.

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, (A38 BRISTOL ROAD), (TRAFFIC REGULATION) (EXPERIMENTAL), ORDER 2020

Download BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, (A38 BRISTOL ROAD), (TRAFFIC REGULATION) (EXPERIMENTAL), ORDER 2020 (opens in a new tab).

  • Makes Grange Road one-way (northbound) except cycles between A38 Bristol Road and the existing one way section.
  • Creates 24hr bus lanes (also permitting cycles and taxis) on A38 Bristol Road in borth directions, between Langleys Road and St Laurence Road.
  • Creates cycle lanes on A38 Bristol Road between its junction with Chapel Lane and its junction with Grange Road.

This ETRO varies some content within existing TROs:

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) SECTION 14(2), BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, (A38 BRISTOL ROAD), (TEMPORARY SPEED LIMITS) (T20211455), ORDER 2020

Download ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) SECTION 14(2), BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, (A38 BRISTOL ROAD), (TEMPORARY SPEED LIMITS) (T20211455), ORDER 2020 (opens in new tab)

  • Introduces a 20mph Speed Limit on A38 Bristol Road from Dawlish Road to The Dingle.
  • Introduces a 30mph Speed Limit on A38 Bristol Road from The Dingle to a point approximately 80 metres southwest of its junction with Hole Lane.

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Allens Cross
  • Bournbrook & Selly Park
  • NORTHFIELD
  • Weoley & Selly Oak

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • Travel