Ring road improvement works go ahead

By on 25/02/2015 in Cllr Ali, News

A works programme designed to improve the flow of traffic at some of Birmingham’s busiest road junctions is due to start in March.

The improvements package – part-funded by central government – focuses on improving the flow of traffic on Birmingham’s ring road. 
It is being delivered as part of the city council’s Birmingham Connected strategy which recognises improvements to transport as vital to future economic growth.

In March, contractors will start work on improving road lay-outs at Bordesley Circus, Haden Circus and Curzon Circle.  The preliminary stage will involve the removal of some trees and vegetation to enable road construction work to start in April/May.

Further projects to deliver improvements to Holloway Circus and Ashted Circus are in the pipeline with completion of the entire programme scheduled for Spring 2017.

It is inevitable that some disruption to road users will occur.  However, the projects are being programmed to keep disruption to a minimum with most work conducted off-peak.

The estimated capital cost of all five schemes is £14.05 million partially funded by the Department for Transport, Centro, Enterprise Zone and the Local Growth Fund.

Cllr Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said:  “Improvement to the ring road is vital to Birmingham’s transport network.  This important programme will not only reduce congestion, but will also support continued economic development and growth in the city and wider region.

“The terms of the funding from government means that we need to carry out the works quickly, with the obvious implications.  However, I can assure the travelling public that these improvements will be delivered with the minimum of disruption to daily life.â€

More details of the programme are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/connected

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