Dear Editor, I am very excited by the council’s foresight in creating this document. (Big City Plan, Post, September 30)
It encourages developers and investors that the city has a vision and allows them to know if a development proposal will fit their aspirations as well as the city itself.
What I am disappointed in is the lack of ambition to give the city a transportation system it deserves. The one thing investors or developers will question is how their developments will be served by an effective people-moving system.
A 20-year plan could include a year-by-year plan to give the city an underground, metro or monorail system.
Instead visitors struggle to find out how you can get from one district to another. I am sorry, but “rapid transportation routes” are a very poor attempt to address this issue.
Has nobody got the boldness to commit the council to give this great city something every city in Europe half our size has already.
Please do not ram “World City” down our throats when transportation wise we have no system other than roads and a basic rail network.
Yes, it will be inordinately expensive; yes, it would require a commitment for decades, but at least it would give the Big City Plan a legacy that the city would be proud of for generations to come.
Come on Big City Planners – be boldand make the plan cover six major projects, not five – the sixth being a modern integrated people mover system that matches the Big Plan’s aspiration.
Birmingham City Centre