Birmingham news 'Dangerous' bus lane removed after thousands sign petitions PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The lane was installed as a temporary measure last summer but has now been removed after a council review showed 80 per cent were opposed
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A bus lane which was labelled “crazy and unsafe” has been removed following petitions signed by thousands of people in Birmingham. The temporary 24-hour bus, cycle and taxi lane on the A38 Bristol Road South between Langleys Road in Selly Oak and Northfield town centre was brought in last summer as part of the council’s emergency transport plan. But the lane proved contentious, with comments from residents describing it as “dangerous” and a “waste of resources”. Gary Sambrook MP labelled it “crazy and unsafe”. Thousands signed petitions gathered by Cllr Julie Johnson (Lab, Weoley and Selly Oak) as well as the Conservative group. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Birmingham City Council then held its own review into the bus lane and found 80 per cent of respondents wanted it to go. The council is now exploring extending the "blue route" segregated cycle lane further south along the Bristol Road. Cllr Johnson, a cabinet adviser on buses, said: “I am delighted that Birmingham City Council has listened to our concerns, and that the bus lane will be taken out. Get email updates with the latest Politics news The Politics newsletter goes out twice a week and has a selection of our most popular articles, reporting on the latest headlines from the council, parliament ,the latest building developments, transport plans and more. We have you covered. It is delivered free of charge direct to your email inbox twice a week, giving you all the news you need from across the region at your fingertips. How do I sign up? First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then tick the Weekly Politics Email updates box. There are other newsletters available if you want them as well.
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"The bus lane was only ever a temporary measure, but it was clear that it wasn’t appropriate for that stretch of the Bristol Road South.” Cllr Simon Morrall (Con, Frankley Great Park Ward) said: “This is a fantastic victory against the anti-car crusade of the Labour-run Birmingham City Council. “But let’s not forget - Labour installed this ridiculous bus lane without any public consultation and they paid for it by spending emergency Government funding that was provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
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Referencing the council’s consultation, Cllr Waseem Zaffar (Lab, Lozells), cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “I would like to thank everyone who made their voices heard during the review into the temporary measures that we brought in last year through the emergency transport plan. “Birmingham City Council has listened to these concerns, and whilst most of the other measures within the plan are proceeding to be made permanent, the temporary bus lane on the Bristol Road South will now be removed.
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“We are now setting up a new process that will look into the feasibility of extending the A38 blue route further south along the Bristol Road, giving cyclists a segregated cycle lane, allowing them to travel safely along the road, entirely separate from the buses, cars and other road users. “Supporting bus priority is a key ambition of ours and something we have prioritised in our work. "Moving forward, we will continue to reallocate road space that improves the reliability of buses across our city. “I would encourage everyone to take part in this process to help us to form a sustainable, long-term plan for the Bristol Road South.”
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