Document sets out key transport projects for city

By on 13/03/2015 in Cllr Ali, News

A document setting out the transport and connectivity projects implemented in Birmingham over the next six years is set to be approved by cabinet.

Councillors are being recommended to approve the Programme Definition Document (PDD) which sets out the Local Growth Fund (LGF) programme of projects which will be developed in Birmingham between now and 2021 at a total cost of £194.450 million.

The PDD forms part of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal (GBSGD), agreed between Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and the Government, which focuses on investing in growth in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, maximising the benefits of HS2 and supporting and growing businesses. Cabinet is also being asked to agree funding for up to £14.454 million of development and preparatory funding to progress Birmingham City Council transport and connectivity projects.

Projects covered by the PDD which already have full Government approval include:

·         enhancing the capacity of Ashted Circus

·         journey time reliability improvements for public transport services

·         improvements to the A38 Minworth roundabout and building a new junction on the A38 east of Sutton Coldfield

·         the Battery Way extension in Tyseley

·         the Selly Oak Triangle redevelopment

·         improvements to the A34 at Perry Barr

·         improvements to Iron Lane, Station Road and Flaxley Road in Stechford

·         the Longbridge Connectivity Scheme

·         Birmingham Cycle Revolution phase two

·         Improvement work to Snow Hill Station and the Colmore Business District area

Projects which have received provisional approval include:

·         strengthening work on the A38(M) Tame Valley Viaduct

·         improvements to A457 Dudley Road

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said: “The Programme Definition Document sets out the transport projects that have already been prioritised and approved, either fully or provisionally, by the GBSLEP and the Government and which we aim to implement between now and 2021.

“As the number of people choosing to live and work in Birmingham increases, so too does the need to ensure that we have the transport infrastructure in place to enable people to travel in and out of our city smoothly and safely. By approving this important document, we can progress these key projects for the benefit of residents, visitors and businesses alike.”

-ENDS-

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