Walk or cycle to avoid tunnels traffic

By on 10/07/2014 in Cllr Ali, News

Birmingham commuters are being encouraged to make cycling or walking part of their journey in readiness for the tunnel closures later this month.

Last year people decided to take the healthy option when heading for work, as well as swapping their cars for public transport, and they are being encouraged to do the same when the tunnels completely close to all traffic from 10pm Friday 18th July until 6am Monday 1st September.

To help people try out walking or cycling, there will be led walks and a group bike-to-work into the city on the morning of Monday 14th July. The walks and cycle rides have been organised by Birmingham City Council and transport authority Centro with the support of Health Exchange and Living Streets.

The groups will finish with a free breakfast in Victoria Square at 8.30am - just ahead of the final tunnels closures public information roadshow event. Walkers and cyclists from other destinations around the city are also invited to finish their morning commute at the first come, first served breakfast.

You do not need to book to join a led walk, simply meet at:
• 7.30am Baptist Church, Kings Heath
• 7.45am Moseley Crossroads
• 8.00am Handsworth Park (entrance at Holly/Thornhill road)
• 8.10am Cannon Hill Park gates, MAC (Midland Arts Centre)

The group bike-to-work will meet at:
• 7.30am Bournville Station, Maryvale Road
• 7.40am Hazelwell Park, Stirchley
• 7.50am Dogpool Lane/ Moor Green Lane, Selly Park

Centro has also teamed up with Bike Right! to offer a number of 'Love Your Bike' sessions at local rail stations where you can get your bike checked for free, get free security marking, buy discounted D-locks and find out more about free cycle training and DIY maintenance sessions in your area. For all the information on events and on cycle facilities at your local station, visit www.networkwestmidlands.com/cycling.

In addition to cycling support, national charity Living Streets will also be helping commuters find a healthier way of getting to work, with led walks from three parks in Ladywood, every Monday during the closures. Again there is no need to book and taking part if totally free. The walks start from:

• 8am, Monday 14th July, Handsworth Park (entrance at Holly/Thornhill road)
• 8am, Monday 21st July, Aston Park (entrance at Upper Thomas street)
• 8am, Monday 28th July, Summerfield Park (entrance on Icknield Port Road)
• 8am, Monday 4th August, Handsworth Park (entrance at Holly/Thornhill road)
• 8am, Monday 11th August, Aston Park (entrance at Upper Thomas street)
• 8am, Monday 18th August, Summerfield Park (entrance on Icknield Port Road)

For more information on the tunnels closures and the alternative transport options available to commuters, visit www.brumtunnels.co.uk

Notes to Editors
• Public transport operators have released a range of special offers and tickets to help commuters make the switch to public transport during the summer 2014 tunnels closures. This includes:

o Public transport authority Centro are offering the nBus Tunnel Special which will cost £90 and will cover all bus travel throughout the region during the closure period, and the nNetwork Tunnel Special will cost £150 and will cover all bus, tram and rail travel. www.networkwestmidlands.com

o National Express West Midlands are offering a ‘Tunnel Special Ticket’ for £80. The ticket will be able to be used all day on all NX buses across the West Midlands.  www.nxbus.co.uk/brumtunnels

o Virgin Trains have Park and Ride offers available from their stations in Coventry, Wolverhampton and at Birmingham International. www.virgintrains.co.uk/brumtunnels
• In 2010, Amey won the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service contract to manage and maintain the city's roads over the next 25 years. The contract will see a huge investment into the city's road network and Amey is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver the contract. The works include refurbishment and improvement of the city's roads, footways, bridges, tunnels, street lighting and traffic control systems. 

• Amey is a leading UK public and regulated services provider with over 21,000 employees.

• Amey operates over 320 contracts, providing an unrivalled range of services including utilities, highways, waste management, rail, justice solutions, social housing and facilities management. Services are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer stand-alone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients.

For more information, contact Lara Thorns on 07843 368954, email lara.thorns@amey.co.uk

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