Public consultation reveals worries over some lines
Plans for three new ‘sprint’ bus routes in Birmingham will be reassessed after public fears over some of them.
The project will see sprint buses operate between Birmingham city centre and Walsall, Sutton Coldfield via the new neighbourhoods at Langley and Peddimore and the A45 to Solihull and Birmingham Airport.
Transport for West Midlands received responses from more than 1,500 people in its recent consultation including from residents living near the proposed routes, businesses and regular commuters.
Around 75 per cent of those who responded either partially or wholly supported the introduction of buses, it said, but concerns were raised concerns over issues such as loss of parking, congestion at pinch points and the need for cycling infrastructure alongside the routes.
Transport chiefs said these would now be taken into consideration as the designs were developed over the coming months with a further response issued in the spring.
Sprint buses are modelled on trams and operate on dedicated lanes with priority through junctions. They have low floors and are high capacity with multiple doors, allowing more people to board and alight simultaneously which should improve journey times.
The three routes were originally intended to be introduced by 2026 as part of the HS2 connectivity programme but have been brought forward to be ready for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
A consultation was also held over the development of a sprint route along Hagley Road, the findings of which will be released in due course. This is one of four further sprint routes being planned for introduction by 2026.