Traffic held up in Sutton Coldfield after accident

An accident on Saturday afternoon held up traffic for over an hour at A452, Sutton Coldfield on Chester Road North.

Roads were closed between  the Roylesden Cresent junction and the Monmouth drive junction.

While details of the accident are not available yet, commuters and residents of the area said a car collided into a road divider and flipped over.

The incident took place between 3:00-4:00pm. According to local shop owners around the area, two ambulances and a fire service vehicle reached the accident spot soon after.

Traffic held up due to raod accident

Comments from commuters and residents of the area

Gurjit Gill, a local shop owner on Chester Road North said:

Adelle Burns, a resident of Chester Road said:

The incident, reported elsewhere by the local media:

BBC local live sutton coldfield accident


VIDEO: ‘Some traffic changes made during A38 closures will stay on’ – Kevin Hicks

Analysing the traffic patterns during the 6 weeks of tunnel closures, Kevin Hicks, Traffic Manager, Birmingham City Council, said some traffic changes will continue even now.

The tunnels were closed from 19 July to 2 September.

In an interview with Brum Transport, he explained why some of these alterations will be useful even outside the closures and the summer holiday periods:

Soon to follow: Reactions from commuters during the closures and after the reopening of the tunnels

VIDEO: ‘Brum Tunnels ready on schedule’ – Eddie Fellows, Amey

Talking to Brum Transport on the morning of the reopening of the tunnels, Eddie Fellows, Highway network manager, Amey said the tunnels are ready on schedule.

The tunnels reopen today after 6 weeks of refurbishment works, that include new LED lights, resurfaced roads and fire protection.

On being asked about the recent allegations of the tunnel contractors engaging about 40 per cent workers from outside the local area, he said:

“Only 4% of the workers were from outside the UK”

More from him in the video interview here:

Soon to follow: Interview with Birmingham City Council Traffic manager Kevin Hicks on what to expect next. 

A38 tunnels reopen today after 6 weeks of closures

The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels reopened today at 6am today morning after refurbishment works for the last 6 weeks.

Major works done this year include new LED lighting systems, fire protection, safety gates and road resurfacing.

More works are to be carried out during the night time closures from 10pm-6am over the next two weeks.

Closures are planned again for the next summer for further works.

Here are some updates from few hours before and after the reopening:

Photo via Amey Press office

Soon to follow: Interviews with Birmingham City Council and Amey officials with more details on the works done this year, traffic flow changes and plans for next year.

PHOTOS: Last weekday of the A38 tunnel closures

On Monday the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will reopen, after 6 weeks of refurbishment. Today is the last weekday of the closures.

Great Charles StreetFrom 2 September onwards, there will be 2 weeks of night time closures to finish the remaining works.

night closuresWork in progress for the tunnels. Contractors say they will be ready for day time use on Monday.

work in progress

Bus timings that were changed on the Great Charles street for the last 6 weeks:

Bus stop changes Traffic congestions during the last 6 weeks of the closures:Traffic congestions during the closuresSoon to follow: Interview with Kevin Hicks, traffic manager, Birmingham City Council, giving more details of how the traffic flow will improve in the city centre now with better signalling systems. 

Audio: “2nd runway will be a need in 20 years in Brum”

With the proposed expansion plans being announced for the Birmingham airport, opinion has been divided for a while now.

While airport officials have been arguing the case for the expansion, local residents have opposed it on various grounds.

To get to know more about various sides of the argument, Brum Transport spoke to Howard Wheeldon, independent aerospace analyst.

‘Why there is a need for expansion?’

Airports are a noisy affair, but vital to the local and national economy. Planning for future traffic is always crucial to the aviation industry, he says.

Challenges faced by the expansion plans

On being asked about the problems the expansion plans are likely to face, he says villages and nearby roads surrounding the airport are a cause for concern. The initial airport plan in the 1930s never had the forward thinking the aviation industry demands:

Boost to local economy?

Talking about the job prospects that the expansion might create, he says, while the figures might not be as high as are being claimed now, but will definitely expand the wider regional economy:

Soon to follow: Reactions from local residents on the proposed 2nd runway at the Birmingham Airport

Audio: Dan Byles, MP, North Warwickshire – Does Brum airport need a 2nd runway?

Recently a public consultation on the proposed expansion of the Birmingham Airport was held at Coleshill, the area to be affected the most by the new plans.

Local residents and local MP from North Warwickshire, Dan Byles discussed the various aspects of the expansion plans with airport officials.

On the sidelines of the consultation, Dan Byles spoke to Brum Transport about the why the residents of the area are opposing the proposed expansion:

Talking about the possible links between the much debates high speed rail corridor, HS2, he said it is interesting to hear from the airport officials that the airport expansion and the HS2 project:

Noise levels are a cause of concern for most Coleshill residents around the airport.
Expansion of the airport’s capacity, both by expanding the present runway and creating a new one will further add to their problems, he said. More from him in this audio clip:

He further added that there are a lot of questions to which the Airport authorities need to have answers soon.

Earlier, on 2 August, Brum Transport reported live from the consultation.

The new plans discussed at the consultation included two proposal:

  1. Extension of the present runway, which will increase the passenger capacity from the present 9 million to 27 million annually.
  2. Plans to create a second runway, which will further increase the passenger capacity to 70 million annually.

While Coleshill residents are not opposed to the first idea, the second runway is a cause of concern for many.

Soon to follow: Reactions from residents of Coleshill on the proposed 2nd runway and aviation expert Howard Wheeldon’s analysis of the expansion plans. 

AUDIO: ‘City centre car crime data does not represent entire Brum’ – WM Police

West Midlands police have said city centre crime data is not representative of the rest of the city.

In an interview with Brum Transport, Sergent Andy Gregory, crime prevention manager, West Midlands Police, explained:

“The B4 area of Birmingham has a large transient population. People come to the city centre for work, shopping, etc. Very few live there.”

Brum Transport contact the West Midlands Police after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, filed by HONESTJOHN.CO.UK revealed that Birmingham has the 7th highest rate of car crimes in the country.

Talking about car crimes in the city centre and the transient populations, he said:

He said car crimes include not just ‘theft of the vehicles’, but also ‘theft from the vehicles’.
The data revealed by the FOI also includes break-ins, number plates being stolen and other car crimes:

To reduce car crimes, the West  Midlands Police has urged car owners to use parking facilities certified by the ‘Park Mark’ scheme – a crime reduction initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers:

The West Midlands region has about 300 Park Mark certified car parks, under 7 different local authorities.

Earlier this week, Brum Transport had reported about the FOI data and carried an interview with David Ross from HONESTJOHN.CO.UK 

Video: Rail unions say 4-9% fare hike unacceptable

With rail fares hikes between 4.3 to 9.1 per cent, rail unions have said Birmingham might see a rise in the number of cars on the streets again.

Earlier, on 13 August, Brum Transport spoke to rail unions protesting the fare hike at the New Street and Birmingham International stations.

Ken Usher, regional organiser, Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union explained the impact the hikes are likely to have on commuters. He said:

“Between 2008 and now, we have seen an almost 48 per cent hike in rail fare. This is bound to lead more people to start using cars again.”

RMT has urged the government to roll back the decision to allow for nearly 4-9% fare hike by rail companies.

More from him in the video below:

Live updates of the protests are also available on an earlier post on Brum Transport.

Audio: FOI reveals Birmingham 7th highest in car crimes in UK

Data based on a Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by HONESTJOHN.CO.UK has revealed today that Birmingham has the 7th highest rate of car crimes in the country.

While the national average is 121 offences per 10,000 vehicles, Birmingham’s car crimes rates are 2.6 times higher the national average, with 313 offences recorded per 10,000 vehicles.

Brum Transport spoke to David Ross, news cars editor, Honest John to find out more about what car owners can do keep their cars safe and reduce insurance premiums.

A press release from Honest.John.co.uk has clarified that the West Midlands police statistics do not include details of whether a vehicle was registered to a Birmingham postcode. It also does not give details of the type of car crime.

More details on vehicle crimes in the West Midlands can also be obtained from police.uk

Soon to follow: Audio interview with West Midlands police about measures being taken to reduce car crimes in the region.