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Improving journey times on major routes | Birmingham City Council

Improving journey times on major routes

Birmingham is aiming to become a cleaner, greener, healthier and more environmentally sustainable city and to do this, amongst other plans, a change is required to the city’s current transport system which is over-reliant on cars. The accessibility and reliability of public transport needs to be improved to help reduce over-dependence on cars which causes unnecessary congestion and air pollution.

The Journey Time Reliability to Growth Areas Phase 2 scheme is a package of highway measures, focusing on key junctions along the A38 Bristol Road corridor. It is designed to help improve bus journey reliability, help to unlock economic growth and assist with planned major housing and employment growth. This project is supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Upgrading and optimising existing traffic signals, including signal timings and prioritising public transport, will improve journey reliability and contribute towards improving air quality, encouraging active travel, reducing car usage, and improving connectivity for households without a car. The project comprises of the following junctions:

  • A38 (S) Bristol Road, Selly Oak Station
  • A38 (S) Bristol Road, Sir Herbert Austin Way
  • A38 (S) Bristol Road, Bell Lane/Church Road
  • A38 (S) Bristol Road, Frankley Beeches Road
  • A38 (S) Bristol Road, Great Stone Road

See map below of A38 junctions:

Journey time reliability  A38 map


Birmingham City Council has appointed Fitzgerald Contractors Ltd to carry out the works, at the locations specified above, in sequences. The works will commence on Monday 5 October 2020 for a period of 12 weeks and involve equipment upgrades and optimisation of the current traffic signals. No changes are proposed to the existing highway layout. We aim to keep disruption to a minimum, but some will be unavoidable.

Logo for Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

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.