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Pedestrian orientation in central Birmingham, part two

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Centro Birmingham bus information 'tombstone', September 2012

Improving wayfinding and traveller information in central Birmingham is one of the objectives of the city council and Centro ‘Vision for Movement’ project. The Urban Buildings blogpost noted that the Interconnect Birmingham component of the Vision for Movement first phase will focus on ‘improving orientation with improved street mapping to help people locate their destination and create better mental maps of the city’.

Interconnect Birmingham, a £3 Million project, it is mentioned in the Big City Plan, and also is seen in the Vision for Movement for making Birmingham a walkable city. The contract for the first phase of the work was put out to tender, which City ID won. They are experts within the field, and show that Birmingham is really looking to achieve a high quality output.

Centro bus information 'tombstone', Carrs Lane, Birmingham

The travel orientation panels look more like tombstones than totems, and I don’t think they are very good. I’d imagine that a large proportion of public transport users, and city visitors, would not be able to wayfind using them.

It would be interesting to see if any human factors research has been done on the usability of the new tombstones and bus totems, and what the design brief said. The shortcomings may not all be down to CityID.


Written by beleben

September 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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  1. Those are the monoliths for the main transport interchanges.

    It’s my understanding that the totems are being installed shortly. Only the centro bus stops have the little maps on them at the moment.


    September 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  2. I updated the post to show the new totems, the ones previously were just the Centro larger ‘where is my bus’ etc signs:


    October 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  3. […] Installation of tram track in Corporation Street has yet to start, but the advance works have been causing disruption for months. Travellers have been particularly affected by the July 2012 re-routeing of numerous bus services, bus stop overloading, substandard shelters, and botched passenger information. […]

  4. […] Part one | Part two […]

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