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Selly Oak New Road highway improvement scheme | Birmingham City Council

Selly Oak New Road highway improvement scheme

Selly Oak New Road (SONR) Phase 1B scheme is the final section of the overall SONR project, which consists of highways improvements to the Selly Oak Triangle, made up of Bristol Road, Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane. The scheme will deliver improved access to key development sites, including the Life Sciences Campus on the Birmingham Battery site, and support the regeneration of Bournbrook / Selly Oak centre.

Construction began in April 2019. Most of the work is now complete, with a few outstanding things to be finished early in 2021.

Key improvements on completion of the works at the Selly Oak Triangle include:

  • Making Harborne Lane (between the Bristol Road junction and the junction with Chapel Lane) into a two-way dual carriageway.
  • Re-configuring Chapel Lane to make it two-way and introducing a mini-roundabout at the Battery Retail Park entrance.
  • Widening the footway along the north side of Bristol Road between the Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane junctions.
  • Upgrade of bus, pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
  • With Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane two-way, it is no longer possible to turn right into Harborne Lane from Bristol Road, or left from Harborne Lane onto Bristol Road (except buses).

Latest news

Work on the carriageway (road) is now complete and the traffic flows and signals are all operating as planned.

Work on some sections of the footway (pavement), cycle routes and pedestrian crossings is not quite finished. A new retaining wall on the corner of Bristol Road and Harborne Lane is still being built and parts of the footway need to be closed while this is done. All footways, cycle routes and pedestrian crossings are expected to be fully operational by the end of April 2021.

The new bus stops on Bristol Road (outside the old Sainsburys) and on Chapel Lane are complete. Check National Express service updates to find out when buses will start using the new stops.

Landscaping works will continue into 2021 planting seasons.

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