Work to build the route began on 5 March 2018 and will last approximately 40 weeks.
Public drop in sessions
The contractor's compound at Spring Road (next to McDonalds) is now open. Access is via a pedestrian gate on A38 Bristol Road.
Representatives from the contractor and Birmingham City Council will be available every Wednesday morning, 10am to 11am, to discuss any queries or issues with the works.
To complete the changes in Selly Oak, around the Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road junction, narrow lanes will remain inb place between 9:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Some nighttime working will be introduced to attempt to shorten the programme of works at the junction. You can help reduce delays by avoiding driving in the area during these times; walk, cycle or use the bus or train.
The work also involves some closures of the lanes nearest the central reservation, near the junction with Eastern Road. Towards the city centre, lane closures from New Road to Edgbaston Park Road will be in place Monday to Friday, 9:30am until 3:30pm. Towards Selly Oak, there will be lane restrictions between Eastern Park Road and Edgbaston Park Road Monday to Friday, 7:30am until 3:30pm.
From Monday 25 June lane restrictions will be in place between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Belgrave Road eastbound towards Priory Road. Night-time lane restrictions at Belgrave junction will recommence on Sunday 24 June. This will require overnight lane restrictions at the Bristol Road/Belgrave Interchange junction from 10pm to 6am, Sunday to Thursday. Traffic is still controlled with temporary traffic signals.
Traffic lanes approaching the Belgrave junction travelling out of the city centre have changed to the new permanent arrangement: one left turn lane, two straight on lanes and two right turn lanes.
Pedestrian access across the east side of the Belgrave Interchange junction is now closed, and an alternative route is in place across the west side of the junction.
Edgbaston Park Road pedestrian crossing is closed across Bristol Road, near Edgbaston Park Road junction. An alternative controlled crossing point has been situated near Bournbrook Road.
Edgbaston Park Road to Pebble Mill Road (in central reservation)
In the week beginning 25 June, work will continue at the junction of Edgbaston Park Road on the installation of kerbs, gullies and new areas of carriageway around the junction. Kerbing of the existing refuge island outside Birmingham University will take place and construction of a new central refuge island at the Bournbrook Road junction will continue with kerbs being installed.
Street lighting ducts to carry wires to connect the new lighting columns for the central cycle way will be installed along with traffic signals ducting works at the junction.
- The top layer of grass and soil has been removed, a timber edging installed, and a base has been laid (membrane sheet, black plastic lattice and stone gravel).
- Work has started to add a tarmac base, in preparation for the blue tarmac surface.
- A number of trees have been removed. These will be replaced locally on a 2 for 1 basis as part of the scheme.
In the week beginning 25 June, work will continue to widen the road through the junction to accommodate the new cycle route by amending existing splitter islands through the junction.
To minimise disruption to journeys, the cycle route works at the Belgrave junction are combined with maintenance work needed to replace the existing signals and some areas of tarmac surfacing in the junction on the outbound side of the junction.
This week, work will swap to daytime and nighttime works in temporary and permanent lane closures. This will allow the installation of new kerb lines and creation of new carriageway and cycle way along with the proposed drainage works. The nighttime shift will be utilised to install traffic signal ducts in road crossings.
- Trial holes are being drilled to identify the locations of utilities equipment (gas and water mains and electric cables).
- The site clearance works have been completed in the current working areas.
- Temporary signals have been installed and are in operation. All old signal equipment has now been removed.
- Widening to the right turn lanes from Bristol Road onto Belgrave Middleway have been completed.
- Excavation for new kerb lines has been completed and kerbs have been installed.
- Installation of new drainage connections and gullies has commenced.