Do sign these petitions

Their first campaign is to get a temporary 18-month closure of Oak Tree Lane, Bournville to through motor-traffic, with a view to making that closure permanent after that. So if there are any BUBUG members who cycle or live around that area, it would be useful if they could put their names on Shivaji’s petition.

You can now sign this petition online.

There is another petition that is calling for a pedestrian crossing on Vincent Drive, preferably near the junction with Pritchatts Road and potentially a second within the vicinity of the National Blood Service.


Another delay to the towpath closure at University station

From the Canal & River Trust:

“Some of you may be aware of the difficulties encountered at the University Station towpath access site, and have no doubt seen that progress has been very slow recently. The towpath at this site is host to numerous underground services which have, in one way or another, caused some significant delays to the programme until they can be suitably diverted. We believe we’ve resolved the issues now and would hope to accelerate the scheme henceforth to install the new access steps. Unfortunately these delays, together with some recent bouts of vandalism, have had an effect to the programme which forces an extension to the current towpath closure between The Dingle and Somerset Rd Bridge. The re-opening date is now scheduled to be 11th November. I’m really sorry for the inconvenience that this will undoubtedly cause to you all. Suffice to say we’re increasing resource on site to bring about the swiftest possible conclusion to these works. In the meantime I’ll keep you all updated as the scheme progresses and have my fingers crossed for smooth progress henceforth. ”

Now just imagine if the A38 was closed for three months…

20mph in SW Birmingham?

Your views needed:

As part of the consultation BCC are seeking your views on the proposals, specifically:

  • Are there any roads proposed for 20mph that you think should remain at their current speed limit?
  • Are there any roads proposed to keep their current speed limit that you think should change to 20mph?

They would also welcome any other comments you might have.  Please respond by email to before the consultation closes on Friday 30 September.


If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact BCC by email, visit or call us them on 0121 675 4401 during office hours.



Another towpath closure

We’re not sure if these towpath closures are enforced as cyclists seem to find ways round the barriers with their customary initiative. The latest to be closed for Cycle Revolution surfacing is from Kings Norton Junction (where the North Stratford canal meets the Worcester & Birmingham) to Parsons Hill. The closure lasts from 27th July 2016 at 08:00 to 7th October 2016 at 17:00 inclusive.

Better late than never

Revised dates for replacement of the canal steps at University station have been published. Unfortunately a 6-week delay in starting means there will be still be disruption in term-time:

  • Overall construction phase 08.08.16 to 17.11.16
  • Towpath and access closure dates:
  • 18.08.16 to 20.09.16 for the removal of existing access steps and closure of access, piling new waterway wall etc.
  • 10.10.16 to 17.11.16 for installing the new steps and surfacing to newly widened
  • The towpath will be re-opened for one day on 10th Sept for the pre-arranged Canal Canter event.