High quality transport provision is essential to the proposals for sustainable regeneration of Perry Barr, and will support the level of growth envisaged.
Rail and bus
A much improved station facility and bus interchange will sit at the heart of the local centre. You can have your say on the proposal online before 7 December or face to face at public drop in sessions:
- Tuesday 19 November, 2pm to 8pm, Doug Ellis Sports Centre, B42 2SY
- Tuesday 26 November, 10am to 5pm, One Stop Shopping Centre (Mall outside Asda), B42 1AA
Proposals for a Sprint bus rapid transit route along the A34 between Birmingham city centre and Walsall town centre will form part of a wider Sprint network. This will provide a limited stop service with dedicated bus lanes which will provide priority for public transport through areas of congestion, making journey times more dependable for passengers. Following feedback from local residents, revised proposals for the section between Perry Barr and Great Barr have been published. The route remains on the A34 as planned, but changes to the road alignment allow more of the on-street parking to remain.
Improved provision for cyclists will make active travel more attractive. The first phase of the A34 cycle route coming north from the city centre is now complete. This segregated two way route will be extended though Perry Barr centre and beyond to connect to new housing development, the Alexander Stadium, and beyond to Walsall.
A new road layout will support the area wide regeneration of Perry Barr, including:
- the rerouting of the Aldridge Road gyratory, and closure of part of Aldridge Road to most vehicles (buses and bicycles remain)
- redesign of the Birchfield Road/Aston Lane/Wellington Road junction to provide a traffic light controlled (signalised) junction and surface level crossings
- the removal of the flyover and introduction of a new junction at ground level
A public consultation on the Perry Barr Highway Scheme took place in summer 2019. The council’s Cabinet committee approved the scheme on 15 October (view Cabinet meeting webcast). Following this, it was called in for discussion by the Sustainability and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25 October (view Scrutiny meeting webcast). A debate was held at Full Council on 5 November, following which it will return to Cabinet in December.
Read more about why the Highway Scheme is needed to support the wider Perry Barr regeneration.
In the meantime, we will be carrying out some preliminary investigative surveys in the area, from 30 October 2019 for approximately 5 weeks. These investigations will provide information to help with the detailed plans for how the Highway Scheme would be delivered; for example, we need to identify the exact location of underground utilities (water, gas etc).
To ensure the safety of the public, as well as staff working on site, some overnight lane closures will be needed. There will be no full road closures and access to properties and businesses will remain open at all times. Contractors will do their best to complete work as quickly as possible and keep any noise or disturbance to a minimum.