Selly Oak New Road Phase 2
This Phase of the road is currently under construction and is programmed for completion summer 2011.
New Section of Road
A new roundabout is proposed at the junction of Selly Oak New Road and Hospital Link Road to the west of the Birmingham and West Suburban Railway Line. From this roundabout the 10 metre wide single carriageway new road passes beneath the Birmingham and West Suburban Railway Line and the Birmingham and Worcester Canal. Two new bridges are to be constructed to carry the railway and canal over the new road.
Running adjacent to and north of Dale Road the new 10 metre wide single carriageway road would pass through the Binding Site (now in the ownership of Birmingham City Council), the Iron Mountain Storage Building and part of the vacant site owned by Victoria Hall Limited. Footways 1.75 metres wide would be provided either side of the road together with 1.5 metre wide cycleways. A strip of land between the new road and Dale Road would be mounded to approximately 1 metre high and planted with trees to provide screening to the residential properties on Dale Road, Grange Road and North Road. A new access, opposite North Road, to the residual land between the new road and Bourn Brook would be provided, if required, to serve future developments. The new road would cross the stub section of Grange Road where a Piazza would be constructed either side of the road.
The stub section of Grange Road, fronting Westley Richards Gun Factory, would be stopped up for vehicular use. The Piazza would be created using high quality paving, street furniture, lighting and tree planting at one of the main pedestrian and cycle points to the University of Birmingham campus. The Piazza would cover a total area of approximately 1300 square metres and this would give ample space for the student patronage to / from the University. A 10 metre wide Toucan crossing would be provided on the road at this location. A cycleway would be routed through the Piazza providing a cycle link from the new road to the University campus and from the new road to Grange Road leading to Selly Oak Centre.
Between Grange Road and Bristol Road the new road would run adjacent to and south of the Bourn Brook requiring the extinguishment of the Westley Richards Gun Factory. To avoid any impact on the Rich Bitch recording Studio part of the new road would pass over the Bourn Brook, a cantilever structure would be constructed to Environment Agency approval. This type of structure would maintain the majority of the brook section in open channel. At this location the existing southern wall to the Bourn Brook is in bad condition and part collapsed, the new structure would rectify this. The new road would pass through part of Tesco’s operational site requiring the demolition of the Convenience Store. Over this section of the road a 3 metre wide footway would be provided on the southern side up to a point 140 metres east of Grange Road where a 1.75 metres wide footway together with a 1.5 metre wide cycleway would be introduced. On the northern side a 1.75 metre wide footway and 2.0 metre wide two way cycleway would be provided. Areas of residual land not suitable for redevelopment would be landscaped and tree planted.
The new road connects to Bristol Road via a new traffic signal junction which in part would be situated over the Bourn Brook. At this location the existing Bristol Road crosses the Bourn Brook on a bridge structure, the existing structure would be extended by approximately 35 metres to carry the new road. The new road widens to 12 metres on the approach to the junction to provide for a two lane approach and two lane exit. The Bristol Road to the east of the junction would be 12 metres wide for a two lane approach and two lane exit, a segregated left slip lane, avoiding the traffic signals, would be provided for Selly Oak Centre bound traffic. The existing Bristol Road to the west of the junction would provide a two lane approach for right turning traffic and one lane for left turning traffic. Pedestrian crossing facilities would be incorporated into the traffic signals. The length of the new road from the underbridge to Bristol Road would be 530 metres.
Bristol Road Widening between Arley Road and Edgbaston Park Road
The existing 10 metre wide single four lane carriageway section of Bristol Road between Arley Road and Edgbaston Park Road would be widened on its’ southern side to a dual two lane carriageway, the width of each carriageway would widen from 6.0 metres to 7.3 metres. As a result of widening the road approximately 95 metres of the Bourn Brook would need to be bridged either side of Bournbrook Road. The City Council owned property number 1 Bournbrook Road would need to be demolished to accommodate the road widening and bridge works. On the northern side of the road a 1.75 metre wide footway and 2.0 metre wide two way cycleway would be provided. On the southern carriageway the nearside lane would be widened for cyclists.
The existing traffic signals at the Bristol Road / Bournbrook Road / University South Gate junction would be modified to include three lane approaches on Bristol Road to include one dedicated right turn lane and two lane exits. On Bournbrook Road one lane approach and exit would be provided. Pedestrian crossing facilities would be incorporated in the traffic signals together with advanced stop lines for cyclists on Bristol Road.
The existing Bristol Road / Edgbaston Park Road priority junction would be improved to a traffic signal junction. Edgbaston Park Road would be widened on its western side into University of Birmingham land and the car park of the Gun Barrells Public House, the widening is necessary to provide a two lane approach to the signals. The Bristol Road on the western side of the junction would provide a two lane approach and on the eastern side of the junction a three lane approach is proposed with one lane dedicated to traffic turning right into Edgbaston Park Road. Pedestrian crossing facilities would be incorporated in the traffic signals together with advance stop lines for cyclists.
The proposed dual carriageway section of Bristol Road between Bournbrook Road and Edgbaston Park Road would not be separated by a physical central reserve. The Fire and Ambulance Services have requested the central reserve be formed with road markings only to allow emergency vehicles to use the central reserve in an emergency. Also the traffic signals at Bournbrook Road and Edgbaston Park Road would be linked to a “hurry call” system that would be installed at Bournbrook Fire and Ambulance Stations, this facility will allow any queuing traffic to clear the traffic signals giving emergency vehicles a clear route. The length of the Bristol Road widening would be 300 metres.
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