New Road Opens Way to New Hospital

By on 09/06/2010 in News

Ahead of next week's opening of the new state-of-the-art A&E at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham City Council has unveiled major changes to the surrounding Selly Oak road network, designed to improve access to the hospital.

 The first section  of the  Selly Oak New Road together with the Hospital Link Road (combined cost £9m) will see a new 1km long road running from the Harborne Lane/Gibbins Road junction to the Vincent Drive/University Road West junction. The Hospital Link Road will be named New Fosse Way as it leads to the site of the Metchley Roman Fort.

As part of the changes Vincent Drive, between Roman Way and University Road West, will be closed to vehicles, but will continue to allow pedestrian and cycle access to the hospital site.

The main vehicular access to the Hospital, including A&E and psychiatric hospitals, will in future be gained from the Selly Oak New Road and the New Fosse Way. These roads have been constructed 10m wide to allow emergency vehicles to pass even during heavy traffic.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said:

“Not only will the new road system make it easier for patients and staff alike to access the world-class facilities on offer at the hospital, but it will also help to alleviate traffic flow in surrounding roads improving the quality of life for local communities living side-by-side with the QE.

“Working alongside the three local hospitals affected, the emergency services, bus companies and local residents, we have put a lot of effort into carefully planning the logistics for the opening day in order to facilitate a smooth transition and to keep inconvenience to the public to an absolute minimum.” 

To help visitors find their way to the correct location on the morning of the 16th, engineers from the City Council will be working through the night to change more than 100 A&E and hospital signs throughout the city.

The new Queen Elizabeth's A&E Unit will replace the existing A&E at Selly Oak Hospital, which has served for many years as the receiving point for the most seriously injured people from across the West Midlands.

For more information on the new hospital, including location maps, bus and rail links and services go to www.uhb.nhs.uk/june16th or call 0121 371 4000.

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For more information please call Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503

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