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