This is a collection of pictures of The Stratford Road in Shirley, another suburban shopping centre near Acocks Green (Shirley, Solihull, Birmingham B90). Shirley is not part of Birmingham but is in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. We thought it might be interesting to have a small gallery of pictures of the Red Route in Shirley, even though this area does not come under the juristriction of Birmingham City Council. This is because a ‘Smart Route’ (A Red Route + Centro Bus Showcase Scheme) is currently under consideration for Acocks Green. Remember, however, that these pictures are of a Red Route without the extra ‘Smart Route’ function. Note, any of these pictures can be enlarged very well by clicking on the picture itself. Use arrows to move around picture and use green back arrow, top left, NOT red x to return to page. According to a study by Aston University the Stratford Road Red Route has been successful in Shirley (whilst considerably less so in Sparkhill.) There is a summary of that report here: Report on Aston University Study re Red Routes on Stratford Road
Shirley, Stratford Road, Red Route - It's red - no stopping on the road, itself, for cars. Enlargment shows people crossing at various random points on this busy road - Kensington High Street style.
Stratford Road Shirley - The Red Route - Diagonal Parking
Stratford Road, Shirley - Red Route - note parking in background, minimal street furniture
Stratford Road, Shirley - Red Route - more off road parking, trees and flower boxes in background
Shirley, Stratford Road, Red Route, raised road surface for pedestrians crossing, trees and flower boxes on reservation strip
Shirley, Stratford Road Red Route - Hedge and benches for shoppers, good surfacing.
Shirley, Stratford Road Red Route - Cycle Path, hedging, boxes of flowers and trees in background
Shirley, Stratford Road Red Route, simple, straight across raised crossing
Shirley, Stratford Road Red Route, Parked Cars, trees and flower boxes in background
Shirley, Stratford Road, Side Road with raised surface and blister paving for visually impaired
Red Route Sign, note also this is a busy road (with lots of buses ... ) and no guard rails in this part of the road