Selly Oak to city centre

This route will provide 4km of two-way, fully segregated cycleway along the A38, linking Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham with the city centre.

The route will connect with the existing cycle facilities on Hurst Street, running along Kent Street, Wrentham Street and onto Bristol Street.

From Bristol Road, the route will run alongside the pedestrian footway, before crossing into the wide central reservation where a dedicated track will run to Edgbaston Park Road. A further section next to the footway then links the route to existing cycle facilities on Selly Oak New Road.

Improvements to the junctions at Belgrave Middleway and Priory Road will benefit pedestrians as well as cyclists.

Up to 20 trees may be removed. These will be replaced in the local area.

We consulted on the route and the full business case was approved in June 2017.

Building the cycle route was going to start in Summer 2017, but the council was challenged about whether we had followed the right processes when approving the Traffic Regulation Orders, legal documents needed before the route can be built. The challenge asked whether we had properly considered changes to air quality and public areas. While there were particular concerns raised about Wellington Road, the challenge (and the work we are doing to address this) applies to the whole route.

We have done more work on this and the Traffic Regulation Orders are now being re-advertised, with the consultation closing on 21 December. Following this, comments will be presented to the Cabinet Member for consideration.

If this happens successfully and on time, we can begin to build the route in January 2018, and expect to finish by late summer 2018.

Artist impression A38 Belgrave Interchange

Artist's impression showing how the new cycle route will look on the Belgrave Interchange, on the A38 facing south

Artist impression A38 section b

Artist’s impression showing how the new cycle route will look on the central reservation, between Pavenham Drive and Edgbaston Park Road

Cycle route city centre to Selly Oak section a

Illustration of the new cycle route layout on the west side of the Bristol Road between Wellington Road and Priory Road

Cycle route city centre to Selly Oak

Illustration of the new cycle route layout on the central reservation, between Pavenham Drive and Edgbaston Park Road