Our members had long raised concerns around increasing levels of congestion and the impact it was having on their output. In February 2017, the GBCC embarked on engagement process with local business to ascertain:
This was undertaken via a series of meetings with local businesses and transport providers along with an online survey which was shared with the wider GBCC membership base. The findings of our research were published in a report entitled ‘Congestion in Greater Birmingham – what does it mean for local businesses?’
In March 2018, the GBCC held an event in partnership with Chamber Patron Arup and the West Midlands Combined Authority to discuss the findings of the report and to give businesses a proactive opportunity to table their views on potential solutions for the region’s transport needs in a bid to tackle congestion.
Birmingham is one of five cities outside of London which has been mandated to introduce a Clean Air Zone by January 2020. Click here to find out more about the proposed zone. Although not formally confirmed, the Transport for London page on Ultra Low Emission Zone Charging provides a helpful overview of whether your vehicle would be liable to be charged in the proposed zone in Birmingham.Click here to see if your vehicle is liable to be charged Click here to access The full Birmingham City Council papers view the GBCC's official response to the Clean Air Zone consultation
The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Business Transport Group consists of around fifty locally based firms that meet on a quarterly basis to discuss key transport issues and how they might potentially impact businesses across the region. Members include the likes of Arup, Amey, National Express, Midlands Connect and Birmingham City Council and organisations such as Birmingham Airport and Transport for West Midlands have recently presented to the group. The Group also lobbies on behalf of the local business community around key transport issues such as infrastructure investment and enhanced transport connectivity. If you would like to find more, please contact Raj Kandola on 0121 607 1814.