Birmingham could BAN cars from the city – councillor says ‘the car will no longer be king’ – Express

Birmingham’s proposals would also see car parks across the city shut down and replaced with extra housing to boost population figures. The plans would see vehicles banned from parts of the city centre with road users needing to drive back onto the ring road to reach other parts of the city.

Set out in Birmingham’s Transport Plan, developments would shift the focus away from private cars to support a strong public transport system.

The proposals say the growth in the number of vehicles must be contained and managed as an increasing number of road journeys had boosted congestion and damaged air quality.

The report said an over-reliance on cars has had damaging impacts to residents in Birmingham, leading to delays with public transport journeys and a reduction in the flow of commercial vehicles.

Redressing the balance would aim to create environments which put people and residents first.

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The proposals could be backed by the council’s cabinet as soon as 21 January with a consultation potentially taking place just a week later.

The plan has faced some opposition locally with Conservative councillor Robert Alden claiming the plans could bring the city to a standstill.

There are also reservations the ban would simply push traffic and pollution further away from the city towards residential areas.

The ban would be just the second complete restriction proposed in the UK after York announced similar plans just months ago.

The City of London has proposed a small-scale ban on petrol and diesel cars this year as part of a trial but this could expand to further areas of the City if successful.

Bristol will also introduce a ban for all private diesel vehicles from entering the city centre at certain times from 2021.

In a desperate bid to cut its dangerous pollution levels, Birmingham will introduce a Clean Air Zone this summer which will charge highly-polluting vehicles access to the city centre.

The zone will come into action on 11 July 2020 and will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout a stretch of the inner-city.

Alongside the plans, Birmingham City Council is said to be working on a fledge of fully segregated cycleways, expansions to their Metro lines and the introduction of 20mph restrictions near residential areas.

Waseem Zaffar said: “Birmingham has already started to shift the balance and build a future in which the car will no longer be king.

“The introduction of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will reinforce our commitment to becoming a zero-emissions city.”

He added: “Irrespective of advancements in technology, single-occupancy private cars will never be able to match the capacity of mass public transport for getting people to where they want to go.

“Putting this into practice and delivering a Birmingham transport network that is fit for purpose will not be a quick or easy fix.”


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