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Centro designer bus non-shelter in Priory Queensway, central Birmingham, 2012

In the last few weeks, as a result of Centro’s project to extend the Midland Metro tramway on-street a few hundred yards from Snow Hill to Stephenson Street, the entire bus network in Birmingham city centre has been turned upside down. Because Midland Metro and buses don’t really mix, all services using Corporation Street, Upper Bull Street and Stephenson Street have had to be re-routed, and in one way or another, the disruption has affected nearly every bus route that penetrates the Inner Ring Road.

Priory Queensway designer bus non-shelter

As part of their contribution to Birmingham council’s inappropriately titled ‘Vision for Movement‘, Centro took it upon themselves to tear out nearly all the bus shelters in the city centre, and replaced them (or some of them) with faddish ‘designer’ ones that offer virtually no protection against bad weather. In Birmingham it rains, at some point of the day, more than 150 days a year.

Birmingham city centre bus shelter replacement, 2012

This week, Centro’s contractors were smashing up the far superior and fairly new shelters at St Philip’s churchyard for scrap-n-landfill. It seems likely the designer tat installed in nearby streets will be installed in Colmore Row too.

Centro-mandated destruction of bus shelters in Colmore Row, Birmingham, Aug 2012

Written by beleben

August 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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  1. If, instead of a tram system, they had reservd the same track for buses it would have cost a fraction of the tram system and disruption woudl have been minimal. However, the trams, lke rail is a religion.

  2. […] but these turned out to be just names applied to groups of on-street bus stops (with no seating and minimal protection against the rain). There doesn’t appear to be much functional real-time information, either. […]

  3. […] of 17 August had a letter about West Midlands transport authority Centro’s latest botch, the introduction of bus non-shelters in Birmingham city centre. I am trying not to leap in with negative comments about the new bus […]

  4. […] than three weeks after the Beleben blog highlighted the poor bus shelters in Birmingham, Passenger Focus published an inferior blogpost on the […]

    Sheltered existence « beleben

    September 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  5. […] phoning Adrian Goldberg’s BBC WM local radio show. A caller named Valerie berated the new Birmingham city centre shelters‘ lack of weather protection and perch ‘seating’, which was especially unsuitable […]


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