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City Travel in Birmingham

City Travel in Birmingham Birmingham has excellent public transport links and offers an “accessible for all” policy.

Buses run regularly throughout the day and night and routes are easy to distinguish as they are colour coded. For example, city centre buses are red, whilst purple indicates North-East of Birmingham routes. The main bus station is located at Snow Hill Station [map] in the city centre close to The Queensway. This is also where the Metro trams leave from.

People with mobility problems should find it relatively easy to get around on public transport in Birmingham. Low floor accessible bus services are par for the course and are designed for people with disabilities and for transporting pushchairs.

The main access features of low floor buses are that they have bright colour contrasting handrails, a space for wheelchair users, space for people with buggies, a ramp to enable access for wheelchair users, flat wide entrance without steps, and priority seats for people with mobility difficulties.

Birmingham is still a relatively unfriendly place to those wanting to get around on bicycles. The city centre might be a struggle for only the very brave cyclist but there are some particularly scenic cycle paths away from the hustle and bustle.

The main cycle path is the Rea Valley Route from the city centre going south, which forms part of Sustrans route five which also goes north from the city to Lichfield. There is also the Cole Valley path to the east.

Taxi ranks are available outside of all the main rail and bus stations. As in most major cities the City Council advises that you look out for the Hackney Carriages (black cabs) to ensure your safety. Many of these cabs also have room for buggies and wheelchairs as well as plenty of shopping. Always ensure that your taxi driver has ID and if in doubt, don’t accept a lift.

Useful numbers:
For general information about public transport and travel in Birmingham contact Centro Hotline: 0121 200 2700.

For information about Hackney Carriages operating in the Birmingham area contact Birmingham City Council, Licensing Section, Crystal Court, Rocky Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6, phone: 0121 303 8442.

Traveline Public Transport Information hotline: 0870 608 2 608

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