New £1.5million safety measures unveiled for cyclists and pedestrians in Edgbaston
Written by Tristan Harris on June 13, 2018
PLANS are being drawn up for further safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians at the junction of Pershore Road and Priory Road in Edgbaston.
It comes after Birmingham City Council successfully achieved a bid for £1.3million worth of Government funding.
A further £200,000 will be provided by the authority to pay for the work to be done.
The Government cash has come from the Department for Transport’s £6.5million Cycle Safety Fund, which was open to eight Cycle Ambition Cities – cities leading the way in promoting cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel.
Among the measures will be new pedestrian crossing phases and signals, wider cycle lanes, improved traffic lanes and bus stop markings.
There will also be a new cycle track alongside Priory Road and Edgbaston to connect the National Cycle Network route at Canon Hill Park to the new two-way cycle superhighway being constructed on the Bristol Road.
Coun Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been successful in our bid for this valuable funding, which will enable us to continue building on the work we are already doing to encourage more people to leave the car at home and choose other, more environmentally friendly ways to travel, whether by bike or on foot.”
Plans will now be drawn up for the scheme, ahead of a full public consultation later in the year.
The scheme will be delivered as part of Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR), a £57 million city-wide project focused on making cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham, helping the city to become healthier, greener and safer. Other BCR schemes currently under way include work to build Birmingham’s first fully segregated cycle routes on the A38 from Selly Oak to the city centre and the A34 from Perry Barr to the city centre.