A435 Corridor: Connected Communities of Maypole, Kings Heath, Moseley, Balsall Heath and Digbeth #Birmingham

I have been thinking about this corridor as I regularly walk, catch a bus and drive up and down it. I think the time has come for a radical approach to the whole  corridor. Moseley is currently working on its local plan but what is needed and has been discussed is a wider vision linking communities along the A435

I would suggest this  should involve

  • The whole of the A435 down to Digbeth and neighbouring roads being 20mph zones ( with the possible exception of the middle ring road)
  • Dedicated cycle lanes along the main road taking existing road space if no other space permits
  • Traffic calming/ shared space schemes for the main shopping centres along the route and for parts of Digbeth
  • The complete reworking of Digbeth (the road) to turn it into a boulevard  with planting, removal of traffic barriers, traffic calming
  • The enforcement and extension of existing bus lanes where practical
  • A political commitment from the Council to push for the opening of the rail route including a commitment to borrow if necessary to fund it.
  • To hold a meeting with the Community to discuss alternative funding ideas for these works
  • To support community incubators like The Old Printworks and Moseley Exchange in building the economy and explore other such proposals
  • A day time HGV ban

These are just a few ideas which will lead to a better economy, a healthier and more environmentally friendly corridor. What are your ideas?

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2 comments

  1. Susannah Goh · · Reply

    Good list, Patrick!

    Some additions might include:

    Superfast broadband in cafes AND community spaces.

    Increased mobility access including safer roads and better routes for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

    Sponsored NHS and local government health and well-being events in public spaces to help promote physical and mental good health, in addition to the healthy physical environments that you’d like to see created.

    1. Susannah, All excellent ideas as well. And maybe we can add regular local markets (not just farmers markets)

      Patrick

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