Goals behind the transport plan include connecting citizens with new job and training opportunities, prioritising people over cars and revitalising the city centre and local areas.
Birmingham City Council has published a draft plan setting out its vision for the future of transport in the city and if it gets the green light, private cars will be banned from driving through the city centre.
Building on the existing Birmingham Connected transport strategy, the draft transport plan aims to underpin the city’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
As well as improving road safety, other goals behind the transport plan are connecting citizens with new job and training opportunities, prioritising people over cars and revitalising the city centre and local areas.
The document sets out four “big moves”, intended to work in harmony with each other:
“Good transport is the most important ingredient in ensuring that the benefits of Birmingham’s growth are felt in every part of the city. To unlock the potential of transport, we need to fundamentally change the way people and goods move around the city,” said councillor Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment, Birmingham City Council.
“The more journeys we take by walking and cycling, the more we will improve air quality and our health and the more we will reduce congestion. For longer journeys, buses, trams and trains will be the backbone of a new, go-anywhere transport system.”
Subject to cabinet approval on 21 January 2020, the draft transport plan will then go out to public consultation from 28 January, before a final version is formally adopted by the council.
“The more journeys we take by walking and cycling, the more we will improve air quality and our health and the more we will reduce congestion.”
Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, Birmingham businesses, citizens and visitors are being encouraged to take part in a public consultation over plans for a £25 million regeneration of the city centre.
Cardiff Council has also unveiled a £2 billion transport vision designed to transform Cardiff and South East Wales’ transport network. Its Transport White Paper lays out an ambitious 10-year plan to tackle the climate emergency, reduce congestion and improve air quality in the Welsh capital. It was launched today following consultation with thousands of city residents, health and transport experts.
The white paper lists a series of potential projects which include:
Earlier this week, Edinburgh published its draft plan that sets out a 10-year vision for mobility and transport and also reinforces the Council’s ambition of making the Scottish city carbon-neutral by 2030. According to the plan, by 2030, the transformed city will have a largely car-free centre.
At the beginning of the year, the City of York announced that "non-essential” private cars could be restricted from the centre by 2023 to meet climate ambitions and cut congestion and pollution.
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