Longbridge Connectivity Project
The Longbridge Connectivity Project will improve transport links to and from Longbridge, revitalise the local economy and support the regeneration of the town centre. It is part of the Longbridge Area Action Plan.
Between May 2017 and January 2019, a package of connectivity improvements will be delivered by the partners including: refurbishment of the railway station by Network Rail, new bus shelters, wayfinding signage and increased capacity at the existing Park and Ride by Transport for West Midlands and a programme of road work improvements delivered by Birmingham City Council.
The project has six objectives:
- Unlock jobs by improving access to the Regional Investment Site and overall Longbridge development.
- Reduce congestion, peak journey times and delays through the Longbridge area by improving the roads and increasing junction capacity on Longbridge Lane and at junctions on the A38.
- Improve train users' experience and allow for growth in the number of passengers.
- Improve walking and cycling facilities with new way finding signs and new, safer, cycle routes.
- Improve public transport journeys and connectivity.
- Improve access to Bournville College and University of Birmingham, with better public transport.
The programme of road works improvement includes seven schemes across Northfield District as detailed on drawing CA 02712 S1 094 and include:
- Longbridge Lane / Turves Green / Coombes Lane junction improvements. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S1 034 for details.
- Longbridge Lane / Groveley Lane / Cofton Road junction improvements. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S1 035 for details.
- Longbridge Lane cycle measures. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S1 033 for details.
- Bristol Road South / Lickey Road roundabout improvements and West Link Road new junction. Refer to drawings CA 02712 S2 021 and CA 02712 S2 016 for details.
- Bristol Road South and Lickey Road speed limit reduction. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S2 017 for details.
- Bristol Road South / Tessall Lane junction improvements. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S3 052 for details.
- Tessall Lane cycle improvements. Refer to drawing CA 02712 S3 051 for details.
The road works will remove approximately 48 trees, including 20 trees at the Longbridge Lane/Groveley Lane/Cofton Road junction. We will plant two new trees for every tree removed.
Further information regarding the railway station and Park and Ride projects will be available in the future.
The Full Business Case for the Longbridge Connectivity Local Growth Fund Project was approved by Cabinet on 8 December 2015.
- Work at the junction of Longbridge Lane with Turves Green and Coombes Lane (CA 02712 S1 034) started on 30 May 2017 and is now completed.
- Work at the Bristol Road South / Lickey Road roundabout and West Link Road new junction (CA 02712 S1 021) started on 3 July 2017 and is now completed.
- Work for the Longbridge Lane cycle improvement measures (CA 02712 S1 033) started on 9 August 2017 and is now completed.
- Work at the junction of Longbridge Lane with Cofton Road and Groveley Lane (CA 02712 S1 034) started on 16 October 2017 and is now completed.
- Work at the junction of Bristol Road South and Tessall Lane (CA 02712 S3 052) started on 30 October 2017 and is now completed.
- Bristol Road South and Lickey Road new 30mph speed limit CA 02712 S2 017 is now effective, since 19 September 2018.
- The section of Tessall Lane between the River Rea Bridge and Longbridge Lane is now permanently closed to motor vehicle traffic, since 2 July 2018, and the cycle improvements work CA 02712 S3 051 is now completed.
- As part of the highways work, 50 new trees were planted on the public highway during winter 2018. A further 46 new trees will be planted during winter 2019, together with the installation of a wild flower meadow on the park land at the corner of Longbridge Lane with Parkdale Drive.
Some of the money for this scheme has been provided by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, as part of the Midlands Engine.