Birmingham airport expansion: Do Coleshill residents want it?

A public consultation was organised on Tuesday, 30 July, for the residents of Coleshill – the community that will be affected the most by the proposed airport expansion.

Birmingham Airport expansion plans include:

  • Extension of the present runway – The airport currently handles nine million passengers each year. The extension, due to be completed next year, could increase this capacity to 27 million passengers annually.
  • Plans to create a second runway – This could further increase the capacity to 70 million passengers each year and probably compete with the Heathrow airport. The plans have been submitted to an independent committee led by Sir Howard Davies.

The meeting was organised by local MP Dan Byles to bring together Paul Kehoe, CEO, Birmingham Airport, John Morris, public affairs director and other officials to answer questions of the Coleshill residents.

Live tweets from the meeting with comments, reactions and questions:

 

Soon to follow: Interviews with MP Dan Byles, members of Coleshill civic society, airport officials, and independent experts.

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: 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.

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.

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