Every five minutes? But timetabled every 10 minutes!


every five minutes Photo by Kate Gordon for the #phantombuses  – crowd sourced data gathering experiment started by Brum Transport on 25 July.

Brum Transport in the Moseley B13 magazine

Cycling in Moseley – How safe do cyclists feel?

This story appeared in the July, 2013 issue Moseley B13 magazine.

Cycling enthusiast Esther Boyd talks about her people cycling on pavements, Councillor Lisa Trickett about the 20 year cycling ambition for Birmingham and Yvonne Gilligan from Sustrans, about the way they think cycling can be promoted in the city.

done thru powerpointIn case the above is difficult to read via my twitter pictures on @brumtransport, a better print of this is available here at my portfolio blog.

Liveblog for crowd sourced experiment on bus stops

We’re trying out #phantombuses – a crowd sourced data gathering experiment today.

Those who have volunteered for it are going out and monitor the buses and the time displays on the Real Time Information screens at bus stops and the Network West Midlands phone app.

The first round in the morning from 8-10am with @paulbradshaw, @nebolland, @Feltip1982 and me (@pupulchatterjee):

Brum Transport’s photo on the National Express twitter feed


Brum Transport (@pupulchatterjee) on BBC Local Live

On the first Monday of the A38 Queensway and St Chad’s tunnel closure, I tweeted for the BBC Birmingham and Black Country Local Live.

The route I covered included the point starting from the Perry Barr Park free park and ride (set up by bus operator National Express) up to the city centre.

Brum Transport on BBC

I was out on the streets, travelling on buses from the Grey Hound stadium to the City Centre from 7am-11am.

My tweets included the traffic situation, commuters reactions and pictures taken on this route.

LIVE from the Monday traffic after A38 closure (for @bbcwm)

I’m travelling on buses from the Grey Hound stadium in Perry Barr to the city centre to find out how the traffic has been affected on this route by the A38 tunnel closure.

Park and ride details at bus stops

LIVE: First Sunday of #Brumtunnel closure

I’m out this morning and later in the day to see how the streets of Birmingham are with the A38 Queensway and St Chad’s  tunnels being closed for six weeks.

Day 1 and day 2 of #Brumtunnel closures

A few hours before the Queensway and the St Chad’s would be closed for six weeks.

Taken on Friday evening, 19 July:



Before the #brumtunnel closureIMAG0166


And, after:

Queesnway closed


From the footbridge overlooking the Queensway tunnel, now closed for six weeks (till September), taken on Saturday afternoon. 

View on Saturday afternoon


Bus lanes a priority? Looks like we’re already dreading Monday morning

Priority to buses

Some useful pages to lookout for more updates:

  1. Amey – for information on what’s happening
  2. National Express – for free Park and ride options
  3. BBC Travel News - for planning your day if you’re heading into town
  4. #Brumtunnels
  5. #Tunnelclosures

The Queensway and the St Chad’s tunnels on the A38 were closed at 10pm on 19 July for repair works over the summers.

Trying out liveblogging a few hours before the A38 #tunnelclosure

I’m trying to liveblog a few hours before the tunnels close today at 10pm. Tweets from @pupulchatterjee and @brumtransport.

Tunnel closures for six weeks – tweets a day ahead

With the Queensway and St Chad’s tunnels set to close for six weeks on Friday night, 10pm onwards, many have their fingers crossed.

Here are some of the tweets from Thursday, #brumtunnels a day ahead of the closures: