New traffic management for city junctions

By on 19/03/2015 in News

New traffic management schemes for city junctions

New traffic signals, modifications to existing crossings and remote control systems are being installed to manage the flow of traffic at two major road junctions in central Birmingham.

The works are designed to manage and improve traffic flows on the A457 Dudley Road, A456 Hagley Road and Birmingham’s A4540 Ring Road. They will support major changes to Birmingham city centre over the next three to five years including the extension of the Metro tram network to Centenary Square and the Paradise development.

The programme, which starts tomorrow (Friday 19 March), involves:

*Installing new signals on three arms of Five Ways Island at the junction of Hagley Road, Ladywood Middleway and Islington Row Middleway.

*Converting Pelican crossings to Puffin crossings at the Spring Hill junction of Dudley Road and Ladywood Middleway to allow for better management of traffic.

The signals systems at both junctions will use wireless traffic volume censors and camera monitors to enable remote control from Birmingham City Council’s Urban Traffic Control Centre when necessary.

Construction work is due to start this week and is scheduled for completion by early May 2015. Works will be delivered outside of peak traffic times wherever possible, to minimise disruption.

The improvements are being carried out as part of the long term Birmingham Connected strategy which sets out a vision for the future of transport in the city.

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  1. Russell Bray says:

    Traffic planning in this city has been and continues to be appalling and the thought of more traffic lights feels me with gloom. You don’t even use ‘smart’ lights that switch off when not needed and we frequently get stopped when there is nothing coming another way, yet sensors cost pence. The replacement of the roundabout at Ladywood is a horrible, confusing mess of lights and the roundabout at Holloway Head is a pollution nightmare because some dimwit had access to New Street Station from the north east stopped. There is room for a slip road on to the ringroad for traffic going down hill to the roundabout but instead there is that useless steep grass bank. Presumably the same dimwits changed Broad Street from four lanes to three. i visit many of the world’s cities and I despair for Birmingham.