Birmingham’s 2031 Transport Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions, by transforming the city into a low-traffic zone that prioritises walking and improves public transport links. The plans show that a ring road will be created around the city centre prohibiting private cars from travelling into the area, acting as a further incentive to use public transport.
Previous ring roads around the city centre have destroyed heritage sites, and cut off civilians from other communities resulting in serious social, environmental and economic implications. However, Birmingham’s city plans show aims to turn the region into a ‘polycentric’ city with lots of centres to reduce pressure on the main centre and support economic growth of smaller areas.
Whilst this plan might work for Birmingham, it shouldn’t be used as a blanket model for other cities. Plans to reimagine spaces to support economic and environmental agendas should be tailored and consider previous attempts and reactions to transforming the space.