Government funding secured to help keep city moving

By on 03/06/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

Birmingham City Council has secured £3.9m funding to help tackle congestion on key roads and promote economic growth.

The successful Local Pinch Point Fund bid is aimed at removing bottlenecks at key points on the city’s ring roads, specifically enabling growth and development within the city centre enterprise zone.

The money will pay for a package of works comprising 'shovel ready' transport projects - schemes that can be delivered quickly and that will tackle congestion and provide new or improved links to key growth sites.

Junctions to be improved include Holloway Circus, Bordesley Circus, Curzon Circle and Ashted Circus and Haden Circus. As well as reducing congestion, the funding will improve bus access, improve safety, create better walking and cycling links and enable new development and jobs

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, jobs and skills, said: “Traffic congestion can cause real problems to the smooth running of the city and wider region. Ring road improvements will support the city centre enterprise zone, helping create new floor space for businesses and thousands of new jobs. Keeping the city running is absolutely key to its continued economic growth and I am really pleased that government has recognised this.”

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