Digital Speed Enforcement In Edgbaston

Very shortly the new digital speed enforcement system on the Hagley Rd and Bristol Rd in Edgbaston, will be going live.

You may have already noticed the cameras eg: outside the Hallmark Strathallen Hotel on the Hagley Road (pictured).


The system will check the average speed of motorists as they travel through a given area. If a car is deemed to have travelled from the beginning of the zone to the end of the zone too quickly, then the vehicle’s speed must have been over the speed limit and enforcement action will follow.

No 11 Bus – Fascinating Facts!

I’m grateful to Cllr Mike Ward for telling me some fascinating facts about Birmingham’s No 11 bus and allowing me to pass them on, via this blog.

Birmingham’s No 11 service covers a 36 mile long circular route which can be affected by numerous problems such as accidents, road works, flash floods etc. ┬áIt has 42 buses operating on it – 21 in each direction. Controllers are constantly monitoring all the buses and can act whenever a problem arises.

When there’s a problem, the buses start to bunch up. However two spare buses with drivers are parked at strategic points along the route, and when gaps in the service are identified, these spare buses are brought into play.

At the same time, some of the bunched buses are then taken out of service and sent across the city via pre-determined routes to a point further along the No 11 circuit- where they are brought back into service again.

These actions are taken throughout the day to try and keep the service running as near to timetable as possible.

The No 11 operates out of the Acocks Green bus garage but everyone in Birmingham knows of it, and probably most people have travelled on it at some time or other.

Happy Birthday James!


Delighted to join Hon Alderman James Hutchings for his 80th birthday celebration at Edgbaston Golf Club this lunch time. He was an excellent Edgbaston Councillor for many years!



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Congratulations to Theresa May (pictured on a previous visit to Edgbaston) on becoming Leader of the Conservative party today. She will become Prime Minister on Wednesday and I am sure she will do an excellent job!

Good wishes to Andrea Leadsom too who had the good grace to put the party’s and the country’s interests above her own (unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn).


Chad Vale School Fete


Delighted to see the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at the Chad Vale School fete in Edgbaston today.

Excellent occasion – and the rain held off!


Second Tory Female Prime Minister

Great news that the next Prime Minister will be a woman after Conservative MPs selected two women to go into the final ballot – Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom.

Whoever wins will be our second female Prime Minister. Great to see women in politics reaching the highest positions (in the Conservative Party anyway).

Best of luck to both of them – Theresa who I have met on several occasions, and Andrea who I haven’t. Hopefully there’ll be a West Midlands hustings where they can both put their case.

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Portland Road

I have received a number of complaints about the state of the carriageway in Portland Road over the last six months or so. It was also (quite separately) highlighted by the Birmingham Mail as a road which had a number of pot holes.

Having raised the issue numerous times with officers, at the June Edgbaston District meeting, I raised it again.

I am delighted to report that I have now had confirmation from Amey that when National Grid finish their current work on Portland Road, Amey will start repairs on the road. This should be within a matter of days.

Good news for the numerous people who had raised the matter with me!