Archive | November, 2014

Birmingham unveil £4bn transport plan

Posted on 17 November 2014 by editor

Birmingham City Council has unveiled a £4bn transport plan including new tram lines, high speed bus network and building new train stations. The 20 year plan have yet to be completely financed, but further funding is expected to come from Government and European sources.

Some of the plans being considered are a new super tunnel and an upgraded ring road.

Birmingham is considered to have poor inner city transport systems, and is fraught with congestion. This is primarily caused by the 1 million car journeys made into Birmingham each day. In the next 20 years it is estimated there will be 80,000 more vehicles if alternative transport systems are not put in place.

Some of the plans feature:

  • Rapid Transit Bus routes include a further 9 routes, priority lanes, 20mph average speeds and cashless payments
  • New Metro lines including links to Birmingham Airport, NEC and the new HS2 station in Digbeth

John Peters, who travels into Birmingham each day by car describes the current system as “dire” and welcomes upgraded transport plans. “Changes are urgently required, the current road network is barely sufficient, so with further cars estimated in the future, the road network desperately need to be relieved by improvements in other transport areas.”

For the second year running the Queensway Tunnels have been upgraded during the summer months, with improvements to the lighting and ventilation system.

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Largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria opens in Birmingham

Posted on 17 November 2014 by editor

For the 14th Year running the German Christmas festive market has opened its doors with over 180 stalls. Organisers have stated that it’s the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria.

The market brings a real festive spirit to Birmingham, providing a real opportunity to sample traditional German food, beer, mulled wine and Christmas gifts, open daily between 10am and 9pm until 22nd Dec 2014.

“Anybody who has visited the market in recent years, will know that it provides a real sense of fun, festivity and outstanding food.  The traditional German Bratwursts are simply mouthwatering, and the beer is top notch. My kids love the atmosphere and the Carousel, it really makes for some great photo opportunities” said David Ward.


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