Last chance to have your say on the region’s draft Games Strategic Transport Plan

Wednesday 20th of November 2019 10:15 AM

There are just three weeks left to have your say on a draft transport plan for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

People interested in giving their views are being encouraged to complete an online survey at https://www.tfwm.org.uk/the-draft-games-strategic-transport-plan/ or attend the last engagement event which will take place this Saturday, 23 November at Goals, Tameside Park, Perry Barr between 10am and 3pm.

The online survey will close on Friday, 6 December 2019.

Hundreds of people have already attended events or given their feedback on the draft plan. Transport bosses will report back on responses received and next steps in early 2020.

This major multi-sports event will see more than 12,000 athletes, officials and media, around 41,000 staff, volunteers and contractors and more than one million spectators travelling around the region.

The draft plan sets out which transport projects will be delivered in time for the Games including improvements to Coventry, University and Perry Barr rail stations, extending the West Midlands Metro to Edgbaston and the first phase of new Sprint rapid bus routes.

It also outlines measures to keep the region moving during the Games, making sure residents, businesses and visitors can continue to travel around the West Midlands.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is asking if people agree with the five principles the plan is built around:

  1. Clean and green; a public transport Games: Public transport, walking and cycling will be the easiest and most effective way to get around during the Games. This will help to reduce congestion, contribute to improved air quality and help keep the region moving.
  2. Safe, secure, reliable and efficient transport: Transport will be safe, secure and reliable. Athletes, Games officials and media will be able to get to where they need to go on time, and everyday users of the transport network can continue to travel around the region safely.
  3. Minimising disruption: We will strive to minimise the impact of the Games on the transport network and try to ensure residents can get to work on time, businesses can make and receive deliveries and the region remains open for business. 
  4. Long term benefits: Birmingham 2022 will be a catalyst for delivering transport projects such as the first phase of Sprint and improved rail stations. The benefits of the Games will be maximised to make sure the effects are long lasting, for example encouraging more walking and cycling, so that the region can benefit for years to come. 
  5. Access for all: Public transport will be easy to use, affordable and accessible across all modes so that everyone is able to take part and enjoy the experience of the Games.

Residents and business are also being asked how they would like to be kept up to date as plans develop and how they want to be informed of changes to transport when the Games begin.