It is proposed to reopen Birmingham’s Paradise Circus under a new name – but not to cars.
New proposals announced by Birmingham City Council today (May 11) aim to bring back Paradise Circus – renamed Lyon Queensway – which has been closed to through traffic since September 2018.
But the route that passes above ground along part of the A38 tunnels would only be partially open to buses, taxis and bicycles.
This stretch would run between Baskerville House and Two Centenary Way – an upcoming building in phase three of Paradise development.
Cars will still be able to use the tunnels under the region’s flagship development, Paradise, and will be able to access the site from a number of points.
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- Holliday Street, Paradise Development buildings, Town Hall and Swallow Street via the A38 from the south
- it is proposed that the northernmost buildings of the Paradise development be accessible from the A38 north
- Cambridge Street and Paradise parking would be accessible via the intermediate lane (B4135 Summer Hill Road)
The proposals also suggest creating a ‘turn-around facility’ for the underground between the two slip roads on Suffolk Street (A38).
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The city council said the plans came in light of its efforts to improve air quality in the city – which is believed to be responsible for 900 deaths per year.
Councilor Waseem Zaffar, Member of the Transport and Environment Cabinet, said: “I am absolutely committed to decarbonizing transport, reducing air pollution and improving travel and transportation across the city.
“For the health of our citizens, we simply cannot continue to have the number of highly polluting private vehicles circulating in this area as they previously were.
“The transformation of the city center is one of the big initiatives outlined in the Birmingham transport plan project. Fewer cars and more people traveling by bus, tram or train means less congestion and better air quality for everyone.
“To achieve this vision, we need to ensure that public transport is constantly improving to make journeys faster, easier and more reliable.”
A consultation on the proposals was launched today and will run until June 1.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the consultation is invited to visit: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/paradise-public-transport-improvement-scheme