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05 Jul 2019 - Daniel Sturley
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The Construction of 2one2 Broad Street - July 2019

The first crane for the construction of 2One2 Broad Street is being installed, won't be long before we start to see the core rise.

Map of the site

Greater Birmingham Developments Overview Map

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The Construction of 2one2 Broad Street - July 2019





The first crane for the construction of 2One2 Broad Street is being installed, won't be long before we start to see the core rise.

Map of the site

Greater Birmingham Developments Overview Map


Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Green travel
03 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston

Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).

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A38 Cycleway on the Bristol Road in Edgbaston





Now that the new cycleway along the A38 in Edgbaston is open, I got some photos from the 1A bus in the Saturday sunshine along the Bristol Road. Between Edgbaston Road and the University of Birmingham. It ends at the Aston Webb Boulevard / Selly Oak Bypass (joining onto the existing painted cyclepath on the pavement).


I keep wanting to get the no 1 bus from Acocks Green, but keep missing it, and since NXWM introduced the 1A, end up getting that towards the University of Birmingham / QEHB instead. Better weather this time than when I last got the 1A up the Bristol Road (previous time raining). On the warm Saturday, took these photos from the bus, as far as the University.

Here the start of the dual carriageway. The blue cycleway joins from the crossing to the right.

The cycleway is closed overnight but open in daylight hours.

Trams used to go down here a very long time ago, at least as far as the Lickey Hills. But for maybe over 50 to 60 years has just been grass and trees down the middle.

Looking good in the summer sunshine but lacking cyclists.

Traffic lights I think close to the Pebble Mill Road junction.

A S bend in the cycleway here.

Curving round towards the University of Birmingham.

Getting close to the University.

The first man on a bike that I saw close to the new University Gym and swimming pool.

A man with a trailer behind his bike, waiting at the lights.

He is now seen crossing over this junction.

The end of the blue cycleway near the University of Birmingham. Beyond here it is not painted blue, just the pre-existing cyclepath on the pavement on the Selly Oak Bypass / Aston Webb Boulevard.

This lady briefly headed onto the blue cycleway before heading into the University via the South Gate.

End of the line. As you can see to the left the cyclepath on the bypass pavement is just painted lines, without the blue surface.

The other section of this cycleway goes up the Bristol Road from Edgbaston Road towards the Belgrave Interchange, but I think it switches sides on the pavement. And it may go up Bristol Street. Would be ideal if they built a link between this one and the other one for the A34 towards Perry Barr.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Sport & leisure
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Cricket World Cup 2019: Fan Zone at Victoria Square

The Fan Zone was in Victoria Square over the boiling hot weekend of 28th to 30th June 2019 for the Cricket World Cup 2019. On Sunday 30th June 2019 was the match between England and India at Edgbaston. The Bullring bull has also got dressed up for the occasion.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: Fan Zone at Victoria Square





The Fan Zone was in Victoria Square over the boiling hot weekend of 28th to 30th June 2019 for the Cricket World Cup 2019. On Sunday 30th June 2019 was the match between England and India at Edgbaston. The Bullring bull has also got dressed up for the occasion.


Link to my previous post here on the Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

First up, passing Edgbaston on Saturday 29th June 2019 as the team coaches were outside of the stadium with on looking fans. These views from the top deck of the 1A bus on Edgbaston Road.

View of the stands with the #OD4C hashtag - Unicef - Onew Day 4 Children.

The training ground. This is where the England and India teams would be practising the days before. Also media vans behind.

Preparing the training ground. They do the same to the main pitch. Cyclists can head to the right along Cannon Hill Road to the City Centre.

Saw this Cricket World Cup 2019 advert in Kings Heath on the Alcester Road South, between buses. I had just got off an NXWM Platinum 50 when another one showed up. But buses on the 11A was due in 20 minutes, and the 76 (which I ended up getting) was due in 16 minutes. And it was a very hot Saturday afternoon!

OK, time to head to the City Centre.

The Bullring Bull dressed up for #CWC19. Previous post here The many outfits of the Birmingham Bullring Bull!

In Rotunda Square outside of the Nationwide Building Society was the NatWest #NoBoundaries Cricket Experience.

A glimpse of the screen about the Fan Zone in Victoria Square, 28th to 30th June 2019 on the Media Eye at Birmingham New Street Station facing the Bullring. This view from the Moor Street Link Bridge.

Now to the actual Fan Zone in Victoria Square.

Street Sprint near the Town Hall.

Information - Your Own Training Ground. Close to the Council House.

Totally Wicket. An area to enjoy drinks at the bar.

Beach Ball close to the Council House.

Watch the match here if you don't have tickets, or don't have access to Sky Sports Cricket! Or just follow the texts on the BBC Sport app instead.

Clothes Line Catch near the main entrance to the Council House.

A media van at the bottom of the square behind the big screen. Used to be a permanent big screen around here years ago before it was removed.

About to head down Pinfold Street past the Midland Metro Alliance works, one last look as Queen Victoria and one of the Guardians keeps watch over the cricket activities!

England beat India by 31 runs. 

England v India: Jonny Bairstow & Liam Plunkett star in hosts' World Cup win.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Civic pride
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Black Sabbath Bench on Broad Street on the hottest day of the year so far!

I wasn't able to get to Westside on the day when Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi unveiled the Black Sabbath Bench on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge above the Broad Street Tunnel. So popped along in the scorching sunshine to see it on Saturday 29th June 2019. Bit of a crowd around it taking their own photos too. Is also a new exhibition at BM & AG from the Home of Metal.

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Black Sabbath Bench on Broad Street on the hottest day of the year so far!





I wasn't able to get to Westside on the day when Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi unveiled the Black Sabbath Bench on the renamed Black Sabbath Bridge above the Broad Street Tunnel. So popped along in the scorching sunshine to see it on Saturday 29th June 2019. Bit of a crowd around it taking their own photos too. Is also a new exhibition at BM & AG from the Home of Metal.


The Black Sabbath Bench was unveiled by Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi on Wednesday 26th June 2019. From the images / videos I've seen they went along the canal in narrowboat. Wasn't able to get their that day (would have been too crowded and I wasn't aware of it until it was taking place). Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne were unable to make it.

Photo collage of Geezer, Ozzy, Tony and Bill. Didn't realise that they had signatures on them, so Bill was a bit cut off on the zoom ins.

Full view of the Black Sabbath Bench on the Black Sabbath Bridge. Behind is The ICC and Arena Birmingham alongwith Brindleyplace.

Side view and other people taking Smartphone photos, including some were sitting on it having their photo taken.

Other side towards the path to Brindleyplace near The Brasshouse and Celebrity Restaurant.

Side view and I think they have removed Ozzy's star that used to be here. But I believe all four stars will go in front. Tony's was still in place a bit further down near The ICC and Symphony Hall.

Back in December 2009 was when I first started taking photos of the Broad Street Walk of Stars. Ozzy Osbourne used to have his star on the bridge above the Broad Street Tunnel. Hopefully it will return soon.

Tony Iommi's star also seen during December 2009. As far as I am aware, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have yet to receive stars on Broad Street. But expect them to get some placed in front of the bench in the near future.

Walking past Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square. A new exhibition has opened in the Gas Hall from the Home of Metal called Black Sabbath 50 Years A Major Exhibition. Tickets at www.homeofmetal.com.

Also saw a billboard for this exhibition from the no 50 bus on Rea Street near Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth. It was near The Anchor Inn. Other billboards are around other parts of the city as well. Rock 'N' Roll!

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Transport
01 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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Birmingham Bus Bash, September 2017

The Birmingham Bus Bash was held on the 10th September 2017 on the fairground at Cannon Hill Park. Various old and new buses to see from National Express West Midlands and Wythall Transport Museum. Many vintage Birmingham City Transport buses was there at the time. 

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Birmingham Bus Bash, September 2017





The Birmingham Bus Bash was held on the 10th September 2017 on the fairground at Cannon Hill Park. Various old and new buses to see from National Express West Midlands and Wythall Transport Museum. Many vintage Birmingham City Transport buses was there at the time. 


Organised by National Express West Midlands, the last Bus Bash was held on Sunday 10th September 2017 (I'm not aware of one being held in 2018, or if they will do one for 2019). It was held on the fairground (to the far end of the park and near the footpaths that run alongside the River Rea route). A collection of buses from the Wythall Transport Museum, some in private hands and of course National Express West Midlands.

Four old Metrobuses at least one of these was part of the Wythall Transport Museum collection (three in private ownership).

NOA 462X - 2502 / 2462 | 159 to Coventry | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

WDA 835T - 6835 | 52 to Beeches Estate | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

D912 NDA - 2912 | 900 Timesaver | West Midlands Travel

F53 XOF - 3053 | 900 to Birmingham - Airport Link | West Midlands Travel

Same four buses as above, but from a different view. All former West Midlands Travel buses.

Now some vintage Birmingham City Transport buses now part of the Transport Museum Wythall collection.

2976 - JOJ 976 | 1 to Acocks Green via Moseley | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

3009 - MOF 9 | 52 to Beeches Estate via Walsall Road | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport


1486 - GOE 486 | Outer Circle 11 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

Next up a pair of former WM Travel buses.

4613 - JOV 613P | 205 to Blackheath


4413 - NOB 413M | 79 to Wolverhampton

Not all buses from Birmingham! These examples from out of town.

Leyland Leopard | Bob on Tour | GSO 90V | Bluebird

Leicester City Transport | 18 to Braunstone | 301 | GJF 301N

Magic Bus | 15032 | 1AN to Chorlton | H132 GVM

Same buses, but from a different angle. Old Midlands buses were further to the left of this view. Better view of the Magic Bus and old Leicester bus from here.

An old National Express coach and an old Birmingham City Transport bus.

National Express Rapide 400 GT | MCW | MMN-400 G

Vintage Bus Service 48 | MOF 225 | 3225 | West Midlands Travel / Birmingham City Transport

A collection of modern National Express West Midlands buses you may see on the streets now, or ride yourself. Including this NXWM Platinum bus on the X2 - Solihull to Birmingham via the Coventry Road. 6832. Also visible here 6147 and 4738.

Not NXWM here but Diamond and Arriva.

Diamond - BK13 NZO - 30938 | Diamond 25

Arriva - Saphhire - YX64 YMA - 4407

Green and red NXWM buses. The green ones are electric hybrid. That pair I think are based in Wolverhampton and Dudley. The green buses in Birmingham have since been repainted red (such as on the 61 and 63 along the Bristol Road), but are still green and yellow inside.

Representing the different bus garages with these red NXWM buses. Acocks Green Garage, Perry Barr Garage, Walsall Garage etc. Plenty of people about at the time.

Differnet styles of double and single decker buses. Movie out in September 2017 was Kingsman: The Golden Circle, filmed right here in Birmingham! (the taxi night car chase opening scenes doubling as London).

Full album on my Flickr here Birmingham Bus Bash.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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