MIDLAND: New Study to Improve Transport Planning

The Birmingham Post (England), February 13, 2006 | Go to article overview

MIDLAND: New Study to Improve Transport Planning


Byline: By Campbell Docherty Transport Correspondent

Almost pounds 500,000 is to be spent on replacing a city plan that is still being used to introduce improvements on Birmingham's transport networks even though it is two decades out of date.

The work will allow planners to predict future congestion hotspots by more accurately mapping the likely effect on the city of major developments - such as Snow Hill, Arena Central, Eastside and Martineau Galleries - over the next quarter of a century.

The city council cabinet is likely to commission the study at its meeting today.

Coun Len Gregory (Con Billesley), transportation cabinet member, said: "Providing a modern and effective transport system is essential if we're to maintain and develop Birmingham's status as a modern, vibrant and popular location for business, commerce and residents alike.

"The proposed study will help us to predict where future pressure points to the city's transport network will occur, allowing us to plan accordingly."

In their report to councillors, officers have warned that regular incidents of severe congestion may have "impacted on efficiency and competitiveness" of the city centre.

They also flag up fears over the limited space for public transport and highway improvements. …

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