‘A go-anywhere transport system’, Birmingham Connected discussed at council meeting

by Ion Mates

Transport in Birmingham was the main issue in a meeting at Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Connected was discussed recently by the Economy and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Anne Shaw, Head of Transportation Services, presented the progress.

More details on the scheme are available under the Birmingham Connected Whitepaper, outlining a 20 year transport strategy for the city.

The session continued with a private agenda.

This post was originally published on Birmingham Eastside.

 

Brum Transport shortlisted for Guardian student media awards 2013

For the student digital journalist of the year category, Brum Transport has made it to the top 5 of the Guardian student media awards 2013 shortlist.

Guardian student media awards shortlist 2013

The winners will be announced on 27 November. More than 800 entries were received by The Guardian this year.

The full shortlist for the 35th annual Guardian Student Media awards has only two students from Birmingham this year, including student data journalist Cristian Giulietti, also from Birmingham City University.

 

‘New shop old charm’ – Brum Transport in the Moseley B13 Magazine

September, 2013

Replacing the nearly 80 year old Woodbridge Hardware store, Moseley Mechanix is the new bike repairs shop in the area.

Sean Durrant – a cyclist and a bike mechanic for more than 25 years now, says he will:

 “…change as little as possible from what is left of the old Woodbridge Hardware store.”

Alongside the various bike frames and a vintage scooter, he has already put up a few of his art works as well on his shop window.

The story was published in the September, 2103 issue of the Moseley B13 magazine.

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.

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.

Brum transport makes it to the Birmingham Mail

The report by Brum transport on the perception of safety amongst bus passengers in the West Midlands was picked up the Birmingham Mail for its Behind the Numbers segment. It appeared on the web version on April 17. Here’s the link to it:

birmingham mail

West Midlands passengers feel the most unsafe

Bus passengers in the West Midlands feel more unsafe than in any other region, a recent report reveals.

It is the second year in a row that the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) region has come out with the highest number of passengers feeling unsafe.

More than one in six respondents (17 per cent) to the Bus Passenger Survey 2013 said that the behaviour of other passengers had given them cause to worry or make them feel uncomfortable.

The independent watchdog, Passenger Focus carried out the survey for autumn 2012 in 22 regions in the country outside London. Data was collected between 23 September and 12 December, 2012 (excluding the half term holiday period).

However, with the fatal stabbing of a teenager on a bus in Birmingham earlier on 7 March, this perception of safety is likely to be even lower now.

At the second spot is the Greater Manchester region with the figure at 13 per cent.

The overall satisfaction of passengers with their journey has also fallen from 81 per cent last year to 79 per cent this year in the WMPTE region.

The number of female passengers experiencing anti-social behavior has gone up from 15 to 16 per cent. Figures about perception of security inside the buses are the same in the last two years.

Anthony Smith, Passenger Focus chief executive, has said in a press statement:

“Each year some 2.3 billion bus journeys are made in England outside of London. Passengers are not satisfied with around 375 million journeys. We hope this report will be a call to action for transport authorities and bus companies to better work together to improve things for passengers.”

Low level nuisance behaviour such as playing loud music, feet on seats, boisterous antics, smoking are some of the frequent complains, said a spokesperson from public transport authority Centro.

Phil Tonks, an independent transport consultant said:

“There is obviously work to be done on improving perceptions of local bus services. The Safer Travel Team also continues to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on our buses. However, it is clear that other aspects of the journey experience need improvement.”

 

UPDATE: This post from Brum Transport was later published in the Birmingham Mail’s datablog Behind the Numbers