Reinventing Birmingham by Reforming Transportation Strategy
A Shaw, A Osola, Birmingham City Council, UK
The paper will look at the integration of transportation, sustainable land use and digital infrastructure - the triple helix approach - within Birmingha, city centre and the Enterprise Zone and City Deal that uses the ' challenge principles' to innovate.
The reinventing of Birmingham is well underway. Transportation strategy is at the heart of Europe's largest local authority approach to the severe economic challenges the City faces.
Birmingham used to be known as car city but the demolition of the inner ring road has led to a transformational approach through, The Big City Plan and The Vision for Movement.
The paper will look at the integration of transportation, sustainable land use and digital infrastructure - the triple helix approach - within the city centre and the Enterprise Zone and City Deal that uses the ' challenge principles' to innovate for the future.
Birmingham Council is driving forward Europe's largest local authority business transformation programme that will save £1 bn in four years. It is therefore vital to reinvent the city, and help drive out deprivation through growth. The public / private sector partnerships, significantly with our four city centre Business Improvement Districts, means working together to rebalance public investment to support and help make viable private sector initiatives. The Eastside MasterPlan identifies major developments and new public open space that will compliment the proposal for a £1 bn High Speed 2 rail station.
The paper will look at the results of changing the transportation strategy from reducing congestion through traffic management to investment in transportation infrastructure projects to support economic growth after a severe recession. Emphasis will be given to the importance of diverting highway to allow runway lengthening at Birmingham Airport, rebuilding New Street Station in the City Centre, implementing new city centre interchanges for buses, putting Metro on street through the core retail area and the creation of the architectural led '' Walkable City ' approach for much improved public real.
Finally the paper will map out investments and interventions required for specific development proposals, such as at Paradise Circus, where highway infrastructure led investment, closes roads but improves accessibility and has led to a joint venture partnership with potentially top class public realm.
The paper concludes that transportation strategy and sustainable land use linked to innovation and enterprise will be at the heart of growth to stimulate the economy in major urban areas for years to come.
Association for European Transport