A dedicated cycle lane has opened to fanfare as part of a push to get more people ‘active’ commuting rather than in cars after Birmingham City Council suddenly shut down to Covid.

The problem only came to light after a cyclist discovered that he was being ‘ripped off’. The council has confirmed that it is permanently closing the A47 cycle path which runs along Nechells Parkway.

He has made the decision to do so while resurfacing the road, ironically to make the route more attractive to motorists using their cars, as one cyclist pointed out.

Commuter Luke flagged the bike lane closure after arriving on the route only to find that it had been cut into a cone shape and work was underway to break it up yesterday. (Thursday, February 23)

He posted on Twitter: “The A47 cycle path in Birmingham has been closed and started to be torn up. Please tell me this is temporary otherwise I will be forced to drive again.”

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The route originally ran along the A47 Jennens Road and Nechells Parkway, from the James Watt Queensway and the B4132 and was opened with funding from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.


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