The Eastside area of Birmingham city centre including Moor Street Queensway and Digbeth High Street will be transformed over the coming years. Major transport investment through Metro extension, new Sprint routes and the arrival of HS2 will see significant improvements to public transport and enhanced public realm, while new developments such as Smithfield will change how this area is used. This will all contribute to the vision for a sustainable, green, inclusive, go-anywhere network set out in the draft Birmingham Transport Plan.
Preparation for HS2 has required the closure of Park Street and at the same time, Birmingham City Council is proposing some traffic changes in this part of the city centre. This will enable Moor Street Queensway to become a key Gateway into the city centre ahead of the opening of HS2 and other long-term developments in the area.
Delivering these changes at the same time as the closure of Park Street will prevent a high proportion of traffic from transferring onto Moor Street Queensway, which could have a detrimental impact on the reliability of bus services and also raise safety concerns particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.
Birmingham City Council are proposing to introduce a Bus Gate on a section of Moor Street Queensway between Moor Street Station and the junction with Carrs Lane. This will restrict northbound and southbound access for private vehicles except for buses, cyclists and hackney carriages. Access for loading and unloading to Moor Street Station and other premises in the area will still be possible, although by a different route in some cases.
This plan includes part of the Clean Air Zone incentive, active since July 2020.
HMS have been tasked by West Midlands based RW Services to complete two sections of green coloured surfacing to demarcate bas-gates on Selly Oak New Road; the first adjacent to Primark and the second outside the entrance to Moor Street Station. Due to the extremely busy nature of the city centre site by frequent buses works were undertaken under lane closure over a period of two-night shifts.
Cold applied HAPAS/BBA approved Type 1 surface binder was dressed using a 1-3mm bold coated green natural aggregate to clearly delineate between the bus routes and other vehicle and pedestrian access points.
John Hallahan of RW Services commented: “HMS has completed the high friction surfacing works to the Moor Street Queensway Improvement Scheme as requested and in line with the original programme. We’re very pleased with the quality of the workmanship and materials used and would not hesitate to use HMS again for future projects.”