New beginning for Selly Oak New Road – change of time

By on 10/10/2011 in News

 Photo-call

 When: 2.45pm, Thursday 13th October 2011

 Where: The Plaza (by Grange Rd Car Park), Aston Webb Boulevard, Selly Oak, Birmingham

 Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP, will join Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, Cllr Timothy Huxtable, to officially open Phase 2 of the £62M Selly Oak New Road.

 The second phase of the project, which has taken two years to complete, has seen the creation of more than 0.6km of new carriageway, widening of the existing Bristol Road and creation of new structures to carry canal and railway over the road.

 Connecting to the previously developed Phase One of the scheme, Phase Two will complete the link from Harborne Lane to Bristol Road, to the northwest of Selly Oak town centre.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, said: “By both easing congestion in Selly Oak and greatly improving transport links and business opportunities along the new road, this project will bring great benefits to local motorists, residents and businesses alike.

“Logistically, building the road across the path of both the canal and railway has certainly proved a major engineering challenge for the Council and its construction partner Birse Civils Ltd, but I am glad to say it is a challenge we have risen to whilst keeping disruption to trains and boats to an absolute minimum.”

The works saw a new 4020 tonne railway bridge deck developed onsite, while the existing line remained open. The new bridge was then 'driven' into place and connected during a window of just four days over Christmas 2010 when the line was closed.

To reroute the Birmingham-Worcester Canal the new 3 span 'Ariel Aqueduct' was also built over the road, to hold 175,000 gallons of water and carry up to 50 boats a day. Again to minimize disruption the canal was diverted and remained open for all but a very short period during the build.

Further works are planned at the 'Selly Oak Triangle' to complete the full Selly Oak New Road. Works to improve the Bristol Road through Selly Oak shopping centre are proposed comprising better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

 The road will play a major role in the delivery of economic benefits in the immediate locality and in the Selly Oak area, this includes the redevelopment of 18 hectares of brown field land and the creation of 1000 new jobs. In addition the road serves as the primary access to the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

 The £62m project is being delivered by Birmingham City Council with funding allocations from the DfT, Advantage West Midlands.

ENDS

 For more information please contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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