Someone asked a question in a comment that we felt deserved a proper answer.
Since I moved to Oxford Road in 2006 there has been a great increase in through traffic using this road rather than wait in queues on Warwick Road. I see the bus lane is still in place causing single lane traffic 2 years after the meeting about this, so what (if anything) is being done about it?
We do agree that there are serious problems with bus lanes in Acocks Green, especially on Dudley Park Road. We did our own survey on this. One of the problems is, indeed, traffic peeling off into other roads. As you note from information on our blog here, we have discussed this problem with The Council. In principle they have agree with us that the bus lane should go. However, it was also agreed that, instead of rushing through an expensive scheme, just to replace the bus lane, things should be properly thought through and coordinated with a bigger plan for a more comprehensive re-design for Acocks Green centre. For this a feasibility study is needed.
Money for a feasibility study was promised last year. This money (Â£20,000) is still there to be spent. The funding of the feasibility study was placed on hold last year awaiting the Local Services team to put in place a Town Centre Manager who could best represent them in further discussions about what the study should cover. The Town Centre Manager post has now been filled.
At time of writing we are awaiting developments. Watch this space!