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Birmingham City Council has been awarded a further c£4.5m through the next tranche of funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund; part of a £13m allocation to the West Midlands Combined Authority. This funding supports measures to make walking and cycling safer and easier in towns and cities across England.
The council has recently completed an official review of the emergency transport schemes delivered last year, with a report to be published shortly. Findings and recommendations will inform how existing schemes are developed through this next phase of the programme.
There are also some new walking and cycling schemes, focussed on supporting a green, low carbon recovery throughout 2021. This includes additional cycle lanes, improvements in local centres, creating more Places for People, and further development of the City Centre Segments.
You can find further details of schemes at: https://covidmeasuresbirmingham.commonplace.is/overview.
Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “This second tranche of funding gives Birmingham a real opportunity to continue transforming our transport network, reduce air pollution, and provide our citizens with more opportunities for active travel. We will seek community input at every stage, with future schemes being delivered throughout 2021.”
We now want to hear from residents, community groups and businesses on how they would like to see this funding used and are inviting people to submit comments by Wednesday 31 March.
Further consultation on proposals will take place later this year after lockdown restrictions have eased to ensure meaningful engagement with communities and key stakeholders can be carried out.