The site is well connected, with cross-city and national rail links from University Station to the north of the site and Selly Oak Station to the south. Both stations are within walking distance of the site. University Station is subject to a major overhaul which is due to be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games 2022. The site is also connected to two bus corridors providing regular bus services to the city centre and local residential areas.
We anticipate and will encourage a majority of people to arrive at the site by foot, bike and public transport. Based on recent travel surveys of the University of Birmingham staff, 55% travel to the University by non-car modes (for post-graduate students this increases to 88%). We have undertaken a number of technical surveys to assess the potential impact from those who arrive at BHIC by car. Our studies indicate that this would not have a detrimental effect on existing highways. Further information is provided on the FAQ page.
Pedestrians and cyclists are at the heart of BHIC. Access will be improved to and from the north, south east and south west of the site, as well as the neighbouring retail park. The site has been designed for pedestrians and cyclists to move easily through the site.
A link to the Worcester and Birmingham canal towpath will be provided, which provides traffic-free connections to Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre to the north and Bournville and Kings Norton to the south. The link will also provide access to the two local rail stations, bus stops on Bristol Road and Bournbrook local centre.
The movement diagram shows how the masterplan promotes movement to and around the site.
As part of the first phase of development we are proposing to provide a temporary surface car park which will provide approximately 256 car parking spaces.
As part of the future phases of development, a multi-storey car park will be built, providing up to 1,292 spaces.
The car park will be located in the far south west corner of the site and will be accessed by a dedicated service road running though the site. Demand for the temporary car park will be monitored and will inform the final capacity of the multi storey car park. Further details, including capacity and design, will be included in future planning applications.