A petition and campaign by BFOE, working with local residents, in 2019-20 saw off a scheme to widen the Moseley Road A435 and take down the street trees through Balsall Heath, during lockdown. A factor in its being abandoned was that the foot-ways would have been too narrow to allow for social distancing. City officers have reported £500,000 was saved by doing a much-reduced “bus priority” scheme. This is now in place, and it does seem to have reduced unnecessary delays to bus services. Real benefits for Balsall Heath, since the original ill-advised scheme was abandoned, include new street trees, benches, cycle stands, bus shelters and a pedestrian phase on the main junction. We generally oppose widening Birmingham’s roads but favour more efficient uses of space of which this is an example. Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign.