Support for council's transport vision

By on 12/03/2014 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali

Consultation for the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan has shown broad support for the council's vision for reinvesting the city's transport system.

Launched in November last year, BMAP presents a twenty year vision for improving transport in the city and supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

The plan is aimed at changing the way people and businesses think about travel into and around the city. By influencing travel behaviour and embracing technological change we can reduce carbon emissions and improve road safety and health for all citizens.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “There is real support for the vision we have set out, from both the public and from our partners.

“They want to see a transport policy that moves people and goods around the city quickly and reliably, including a mass-transit network, making the city accessible to everyone, particularly those with mobility problems.

“A really important part of the plan is to encourage people to walk and cycle, because our roads will be safer and more welcoming. Pedestrians will be a priority and we will also seek to reduce congestion and improve journey times and reduce environmental impacts.”

Results of the consultation will go to cabinet on Monday 17 March. There will also be a cabinet report which sets out the full business case for improvements to the A41 Warwick Road in Acocks Green, using money from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF).

Councillor Ali added: “This is one of the main corridors into the city, and the overall bid for LSTF money looks at 11 corridors into the city. The Acocks Green improvements will include better crossing facilities, dedicated parking and loading bays, cycle lanes and improved paving and street furniture.

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