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‘Double whammy’ for Birmingham road safety as commissioner steps down from key council role on same day

Adam Tranter has resigned from his role as West Midlands cycling and walking commissioner following Andy Street’s defeat in the mayoral election. Mr Tranter said he was stepping down for the “new administration to develop their own active travel plans”.

The role of commissioner was established in 2021 by former mayor Andy Street to promote active travel initiatives in the region. Mr Tranter was the first to be appointed to the role where he served for two and a half years promoting road safety projects.

His resignation comes on the same day Birmingham City Council revealed it will scrap the separate transport and highways mandate as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. Campaign group Better Streets for Birmingham said it was “deeply concerned” at the simultaneous loss of two strong road safety advocates in the region.

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Adam Tranter, former cycling and walking commissioner for the region.Adam Tranter, former cycling and walking commissioner for the region.

Adam Tranter, former cycling and walking commissioner for the region. -Credit: Nick Wilkinson/Birmingham Live

In a statement posted on social media, Mr Tranter said it had been an “honour” to serve the region and had been “assured” active travel was a “priority” for the new mayor.

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), Mr Tranter said: “Working as Commissioner for Cycling and Walking has been a tremendous privilege and a real opportunity to help make our streets safer and more good for walking and cycling. I am especially grateful to Andy. Street for his support since my appointment. But today I am resigning.

“Following the election, we made the decision to step aside so that the new administration could develop its own active travel plans. I’m sure this agenda is an important one for the new mayor, Richard Parker, and I’ll be happy to support it wherever I can.

“The West Midlands is my home region and helping to make a difference here has been an honour. It has not always been easy, but I am grateful for the support and collaboration of colleagues, activists and the local and national government communities.

“This job has only been possible because of the vision, courage and collaboration shown by so many politicians in the region, from all parties, and I trust it will continue to be a priority for them.”

Mayor-elect Richard Parker has received a letter asking him to commit to retaining the role of Walking and Cycling Commissioner.Mayor-elect Richard Parker has received a letter asking him to commit to retaining the role of Walking and Cycling Commissioner.

Mayor-elect Richard Parker has received a letter asking him to commit to retaining the role of Walking and Cycling Commissioner. -Credit: Nick Wilkinson/Birmingham Live

Newly elected Mayor Richard Parker was last week urged to retain his role as Cycling and Walking Commissioner to help improve road safety in the region. A letter, signed by 30 campaigners, councilors and charities, called on it to retain its “key role” for active travel.

It was also announced today that Birmingham City Council’s separate transport and highways brief, a role held by Liz Clements for the past year, will now be reintegrated into an overall transport and environment brief. Road Safety campaign group Better Streets for Birmingham said: “The departure of both Liz Clements and Adam Tranter leaves a huge leadership void for road safety and active travel.”

Richard Parker, Mayor of the West Midlands said: “We are really grateful for everything Adam has done during his time as Commissioner for Cycling and Walking. His work for the region has helped make the WMCA one of the highest rated authorities in Active Travel England.

“He campaigned tirelessly to expand the walking and cycling network, helping to secure over £35m for the region and improving road safety. Encouraging residents to travel in ways that are healthier for them and the environment and ensuring these safer routes continue to be top priorities for me, which is why I’m delighted that Adam will continue to work with us on an informal basis over the coming months. “

Plans for the role of Cycling and Walking Commissioner will be shared in due course, WMCA said.