Dear West Midlands Fire Service,

Birmingham City Council recently proposed a road safety intervention at a local junction due to accidents at that junction. The proposed intervention did not include any 'vertical deflection' traffic calming measures (e.g. speed cushions or a table-top at the junction) designed to slow traffic. Instead, it included a full set of traffic lights which would have, on the admission of the Council, attracted even more motor vehicle traffic onto unclassified residential roads.

When concerned local residents enquired with the Council why vertical deflection traffic calming measures were not proposed they informed us that as the road was a 'blue route' (priority route for emergency services) this was not an option. It later transpired that this policy only applies to Birmingham City Council's relationship with the emergency services, and was not replicated anywhere else.

We are concerned that this policy may be endangering local residents unless it is supported by evidence demonstrating the benefits to emergency services outweigh the risks of people being hurt or killed by speeding traffic.

With reference to the above, please provide me:

A copy of any written policy that fits the description of the policy referred to above and/or any policy or position that references traffic calming measures.

Copies or references to all academic research and/or other evidence that you rely on in respect of your policies or position on traffic calming measures.

All records of the number of times you have been consulted on the design and implementation of traffic calming measures by Birmingham City Council since 2005, your response (with rationale and supporting evidence) to that consultation, and any subsequent analysis of the impact of the scheme (if realised) to the delivery of your services.

Any other policy position, paper, evidential basis and record that may influence or inform your hypothetical response to a proposal of vertical deflection traffic calming measures (e.g. speed cushions, table-tops etc) at the junction of Vicarage Road, Avenue Road and Abbots Road in the B14 area of Birmingham.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

James Smithson

Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

Ref: FOI/19102

 

Dear Mr. Smithson

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

 

I can confirm that we have received your request concerning traffic
calming policy at the junction of Vicarage Road, Avenue Road and Abbots
Road in the B14 area of Birmingham. Your request was received on 7^th
August 2019 and I am dealing with it under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.  

In certain circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay this before we will proceed to deal with the request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me on 0121 380
6561. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

 

Thank you

 

Kind Regards

 

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service.

 

 

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Asif Malik, West Midlands Fire Service

Ref: FOI/19102

 

Dear Mr. Smithson

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

 

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the
information requested on 7^th August 2019

 

Please find below a summary of our findings.

 

Request

 

Birmingham City Council recently proposed a road safety intervention at a
local junction due to accidents at that junction. The proposed
intervention did not include any 'vertical deflection' traffic calming
measures (e.g. speed cushions or a table-top at the junction) designed to
slow traffic. Instead, it included a full set of traffic lights which
would have, on the admission of the Council, attracted even more motor
vehicle traffic onto unclassified residential roads.

 

When concerned local residents enquired with the Council why vertical
deflection traffic calming measures were not proposed they informed us
that as the road was a 'blue route' (priority route for emergency
services) this was not an option. It later transpired that this policy
only applies to Birmingham City Council's relationship with the emergency
services, and was not replicated anywhere else.

 

We are concerned that this policy may be endangering local residents
unless it is supported by evidence demonstrating the benefits to emergency
services outweigh the risks of people being hurt or killed by speeding
traffic.

 

With reference to the above, please provide me:

 

A copy of any written policy that fits the description of the policy
referred to above and/or any policy or position that references traffic
calming measures.

 

Copies or references to all academic research and/or other evidence that
you rely on in respect of your policies or position on traffic calming
measures.

 

All records of the number of times you have been consulted on the design
and implementation of traffic calming measures by Birmingham City Council
since 2005, your response (with rationale and supporting evidence) to that
consultation,  and any subsequent analysis of the impact of the  scheme
(if realised) to the delivery of your services.

 

Any other policy position, paper, evidential basis and record that may
influence or inform your hypothetical response to a proposal of vertical
deflection traffic calming measures (e.g. speed cushions, table-tops etc)
at the junction of Vicarage Road, Avenue Road and Abbots Road in the B14
area of Birmingham.

 

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) pride themselves in ‘Making the West
Midlands safer, stronger and healthier’. Every day we are making a very
real and positive difference – to people and families in our communities,
to businesses and to visitors to the West Midlands.

 

Our prevention work focuses on reducing people’s vulnerability to the type
of emergencies to which we respond. With one our Prevention priorities
being;

 

fewer people will be killed or seriously injured on West Midlands roads
and we will keep our transport networks moving, as we work with the West
Midlands Combined Authority and other organisations to develop and deliver
interventions that support the West Midlands Regional Road Safety
Strategy.

 

WMFS are always consulted in the process of design and implementation of
traffic calming measures by all Local Authorities forming the West
Midlands. This consultation process offers WMFS to provide feedback around
potential traffic calming measures however, as these measures are designed
to reduce speed of traffic and therefore reduce injuries and accidents we
are largely in favour of the proposed changes. These consolations are
returned to the relevant Local Authority but are not held within our
systems for future use.

 

WMFS do not have a policy to support or detail this process but we work
closely with Local Authorities and partner agencies whilst utilising our
incident data to identify accident 'hot spots' to focus our Prevention
work to target our activity to both vulnerable areas and community
demographics.  

 

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please
contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please
contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99
Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

 

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be
found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following
link: [1]https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Data Processor

Data Management

West Midlands Fire Service

 

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