Petition update

Urgent - Perry Barr flyover decision day near

Jon Hunt
United Kingdom

Jan 27, 2019 — 

We understand that Birmingham's cabinet is to be asked to approve demolition of the flyover on February 12th. We need more signatures to show the petition is still live. About 1,500 written signatures have gone in alongside the 2,300 on-line signatures. Can we reach 5,000 in that time? City leader Ian Ward backed demolition at a residents' meeting last week and made it clear he continues to think of it as an eyesore. We need this daft plan to be reviewed by backbench councillors, who know the impact it will have.

The first big objection continues to be the two years of chaos that demolition will cause. The work proposed for the station area is already going to cause disruption. We need to keep the A34 link into the city centre.

We have more information. Jon and Morriam have seen the latest plans and we know how the report will be stacked to make the flyover look ineffective. This is how it works:

  • The Birchfield roundabout is being covered over and replaced with a traffic light junction.This would be fine but the planners propose to ban u-turns rather than putting in a u-turn facility to create a lane for traffic to get into One-Stop. As this will be quite a wide junction this is perfectly possible.
  • The planners propose instead - if the flyover were retained - to put a roundabout under the flyover (even though they are getting rid of the Birhfield Roundabout). This would mean through traffic to the Aldridge Road merging with One-Stop traffic on the roundabout.
  • This, unsurprisingly, causes huge tailbacks on the Aldridge Road lane of the A34/Birchfield Road - and has an impact on traffic trying to get onto the flyover as well.
  • Their alternative is a seven lane traffic lights that would link the Aldridge Road, the southern access of One Stop and the A34/Walsall Road going into the existing underpass.

When it goes to cabinet, the traffic lights will be compared with the roundabout under the flyover and the flyover will be made to look ineffective and as though it is going to cause major congestion.

They haven't worked very hard on making the flyover work and have also ignored the latest development relating to the athletes village. This is that the former lorry park is to be no longer used for athlete accommodation. That creates space for more highway works.

So here is the sketch of an alternative.

  • At the moment three lanes of traffic go under the flyover but there is space for at least one more lane and probably more. That extra lane, to the south, could be used to create a traffic light access into One-Stop at the south. That would reduce the amount of traffic going up to Birchfield, where a u-turn lane would be included.
  • The A34 to Aldridge Road traffic would then continue to use its two lanes under the flyover and the One-Stop exiting traffic would use its lane.
  • The outstanding problem is then to allow the One Stop traffic to return to Birchfield. That is where the space available on the lorry park helps.
  • The existing Aldridge Road traffic, shown on our photo, is to be redirected so it all goes along the line of the flyover and past the Greyhound Stadium. There will then a major traffic light junction (as at present) between the Stadium and the site of the City University. The second set of traffic lights - as you can see in the photo - will go. That would allow the One-Stop traffic to do a fairly sharp right turn through the lights to get back onto the Aldridge Road northbound up to the Birchfield Island - or onto the underpass. 

So there is a clear alternative. We need to step up the pressure against this senseless proposal. Please encourage everyone you can to sign this petition.


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