Formal consultation into plans for the third pilot 20mph speed limit area begins on Monday (September 8), ahead of a fuller roll-out across most city streets.
Under the 20 is Plenty scheme, approved by the city council's Cabinet earlier this year, an area of south, central and east Birmingham will be used to showcase the project, with the rest of the city then expected to follow from 2017 onwards.
The entire area within the A4540 ring road will be covered by the third pilot, incorporating the city centre and other areas including the Jewellery Quarter and Digbeth.
During the consultation postcards will be delivered to all residential and business properties in the pilot area, information and questionnaires will be made available in libraries and leisure centres and maps will be published online - along with an A to Z list of roads and their future planned status.
Additionally, there will also be five staffed exhibitions, where anyone with an interest can find out more information. The dates and times are as follows:
- Saturday 20 September - Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB - 11am to 3pm
- Thursday 25 September - Stanhope Hall Community Centre, Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0NX - 3pm to 7pm
- Thursday 2 October - Jewellery Quarter Conference Centre, Federation House, 10 Vyse Street, B18 6LT - 3pm to 7pm
- Thursday 9 October - The Signing Tree Conference Centre, Ladywood Road, B16 8SZ - 3pm to 7pm
- Saturday 11 October - Birmingham Council House, Victoria, B1 1BB - 11am to 3pm
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, said: “We know from other towns and cities that 20 is Plenty can make a positive difference to road safety here in Birmingham.
“But is understandable that there are some concerns about this proposal, which is why we want to make our period of formal public consultation as accessible as possible, so we can explain the aims of the scheme.
“The pilot areas have been selected on the basis of their accident records and the initial support for safety improvements - and it must be stressed this is just one improvement amongst a much wider range of initiatives and projects that we are working on to reduce speed and improve road safety, and the environment .”
Broadly speaking, it is proposed 20 mph becomes the limit on residential roads in the city (where current average speeds are already generally below 30mph); the main A and B roads (amounting to approximately 10 per cent of all city roads by length) would keep their current speed limit.
Consideration is also being given to 20mph variable limits near schools on main roads that would only operate at certain times.
Consultation on the pilot areas is being carried out during a rolling programme throughout the summer and autumn. Full business cases will then be developed for approval later this year or early next year, with implementation then taking place until 2016 before a report on its impact and further proposals for the remainder of the city in 2016/17.
Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Transport and the Economy, said: “The best way to demonstrate the advantages of 20 is Plenty for traffic mobility is to conduct pilots across the city.
“I am delighted we are reaching that stage. This period of public consultation will give people a great opportunity to find out more about our scheme and to help us deliver the best scheme possible.”
Consultation for this pilot area closes on October 17. Details of the consultation can be found at: www.birmingham.gov.uk/20mph
Notes to editors
- The 20 is Plenty pilot is designed to demonstrate the road safety and wider benefits of lower speed limits after recent public consultation showed strong support for such measures near schools but mixed backing for a more widespread approach.
- Under the proposals, the pilot scheme's footprint has been based on support shown during public consultation and the road safety records of the areas in question.
- The pilot will cover the whole of the city centre inside the ring road plus all or part of Aston, Nechells, Ladywood, Edgbaston, Harborne, Selly Oak, Bournville, Moseley and Kings Heath, Springfield, Sparkbrook, South Yardley, Bordesley Green, Washwood Heath and Hodge Hill wards.
- A “mythbusters” document has been published to address some common misconceptions about 20mph limits. It can be accessed here
- Plans and feedback forms can be accessed during normal opening hours at:
- Ladywood Health & Community Centre, St Vincent Street West, B16 8RP
- The Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street, Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN
- Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB
- Birmingham City Council Offices, 1 Lancaster Circus, Queensway, B4 7DJ
- Spring Hill Library, Spring Hill, B18 7BH
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