On Wednesday, Cllr James Hutchings and I visited the consultation bus at Bearwood Bus Station, where residents could find out about the proposed Hagley Road Improvement Scheme.
Phase 2 (Five Ways to Portland Rd) is the part of the scheme which will affect Edgbaston Ward. There are plans which will hopefully improve journey times for all vehicles including buses, reduce congestion and upgrade bus stop infrastructure.
The plans include developing a short bus lane in front of Kenilworth Court (and opposite in front of the Ivy Bush shops). This is not supposed to take away any current road space for other vehicles and I have asked the officers to check out this section again, to ensure this is the case.
Also on display were the plans for Phase 3. This is in Harborne – so not in my ward. I suspect those plans will not be well received by everyone as some people will end up having part of their gardens compulsory purchased if the scheme goes ahead. I remember when this was discussed some years ago and there understandable opposition from the residents affected.
Officers from Birmingham and Sandwell (the Hagley Road is the dividing line between the two authorities at this point) were on hand to answer residents’ questions and they reported a good flow of people attending the consultation bus during the day.