WORKS on the next stage of the Solihull Gateway Project are set to get begin on Sunday (April 19).
Stage 2 of the Project will involve the continuation of work which started last month to extend the bus bays on the north side of Station Road and the replacement of bus shelters and paving.
Throughout this stage bus stops SA and SB (outside Santander and Nationwide banks respectively) on Station Road will be moved to outside the Hogs Head and Weatherspoons – The White Swan pubs on Station Road.
Stops SA and SB will continue to be the drop-off and pick-up points for their usual bus services.
The temporary taxi rank that outside Nationwide bank will be retained during Stage 2 although this will be subject to on-going review.
Since work began on the Gateway Project the existing traffic signals have been removed and a new zebra crossing has been created on Herbert Road, and a further zebra crossing is being provided on Station Road.
The footway along the north side of Station Road has been repaved, replacing tarmac footways with new block paving.
The bus bay has also been extended along the north side of Station Road while new LED energy-efficient street lighting is being installed along Station Road.
The service road has also been redesigned to create a wide area of public space frontage including the construction of tree pits to accommodate new tree planting.
The project will see enhancements in Station Road and Poplar Road – considered one of the key ‘gateways’ into the town.
The scheme aims to make Solihull town centre more accessible and improve the look of the area.
It is being carried out by Solihull Council in partnership with Centro, the West Midlands’ public transport co-ordinator, and Balfour Beatty Living Places and is expected to be completed by October 2015.
For more information about the Solihull Gateway Project, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/solihullgateway.
More information about changes to bus services can be found at www.networkwestmidlands.com/gateway
Work started on the project in March. (s)