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From Monday 14 September contractors will be on site installing measures to reduce through traffic in residential areas as part of the Places for People programme, so that streets become quieter, the air is cleaner, and it feels safer for walking and cycling.
Road markings, advance warning signage and modal filters – which restrict the movement of through-traffic – will be installed at various locations in Kings Heath and Moseley from the start of this week. Residents will still be able to drive to their homes, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it will be made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area.
Next week will see the start of works at locations in Bournville and Castle Vale, with Lozells following later this month. In total this first phase of the programme, delivered through the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, will see the installation of 20 measures to support walking and cycling in light of the impact of COVID-19 as outlined in the Emergency Birmingham Transport Plan.
Schemes will initially be in place for up to six months on a temporary basis and can be changed, removed or made more permanent at a later stage depending on their success and feedback received during this trial period.
We want to work with residents, businesses, community groups and others to encourage different uses of these spaces – this should be shaped by the people who live and spend their time in these areas. Once construction is complete, we plan to run a series of ‘pop-up’ events – although we will need to arrange this in line with any guidelines and restrictions that are in place.
More information, including responses to some frequently asked questions and the presentations and links to recordings from recent online briefing sessions, can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/placesforpeople.