7th Aug, 2020

Solihull town centre road changes - and temporary M42 closure

SOME emergency road and transport measures in Solihull amid the Covid-19 crisis are being altered in response to public concerns – while a section of the M42 is temporarily closing for HS2 work.

Solihull Council leader Ian Courts said: “Following a review of the Emergency Active Travel Measures we recently introduced across the borough, we are going to make a few minor changes in response to the feedback we received on our portal.

“The bus lane closures on Lode Lane and Bickenhill Lane will be removed this Friday (31 July) so they will be fully operational from Saturday 1 August.

“The short section of closed lanes in front of Solihull School will be temporarily removed, as it’s the school holidays and we are looking at increasing disabled parking provision on Station Road in Solihull town centre and on Stratford Road in Shirley, while the current service road restrictions are in place.

“Finally, I have been asked to let you know about a section of the M42 being be closed from Friday 7 August to Monday 10 August between junctions 6 and 7A (northbound) and junctions 7 and 6 (southbound).

“The closure will be in place after the evening rush hour on Friday with the motorway reopening before the morning rush hour on Monday.

“It will allow LM (a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons who are carrying out early HS2 works) to install the bridge deck for the first of four new connecting highway bridges. These bridges will link a new road network with existing routes to ensure the local road network is fit for purpose when the HS2 Interchange Station is operational.

“During the temporary closure, diversions will be in place and clear signage will be displayed along the route for drivers: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/hs2-works”

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