Birmingham welcomes era of rapid transport
Nov 11 2010 by Alun Thorne
A network of ‘‘Rapid Transport Vehicles’’ connecting Birmingham with the rest of the region will form the centrepiece of a new transport strategy set to be unveiled by Centro.
The RTV system – which will be called Birmingham Sprint – will see modern tram-like buses introduced along main arterial routes into the city in an attempt to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home.
The new system, which is likely to enjoy dedicated lanes and priority traffic signalling to speed up journeys, will first be developed along the A34 Walsall corridor to Five Ways in Edgbaston via Eastide, the Bullring, Paradise Circus and Broad Street with a view to it being operational to coincide with the completion of New Street Station in 2015.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of passenger transport authority Centro, said an efficient and successful transport system was a prerequisite for a modern city with the aspirations of Birmingham.
He said: “We want to make sure the transport system’s right to attract business, to create a vibrant centre for people to shop and a thriving entertainment area. As a top European city in a global marketplace we have to ensure the transport system is improved.