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Work starts on the northern section of new Sprint bus route

Solihull Editorial 9th Apr, 2021

CONSTRUCTION work on new bus priority measures along the A34 in north Birmingham is due to start later this month.

The works will see bus lanes extended, junctions upgraded and new shelters installed between Birmingham city centre and the Scott Arms junction in Great Barr.

This will form part of the wider wider Sprint bus route linking the A34 with the A45 to create one continuous route from Walsall town centre to Solihull town centre and Birmingham Airport via the city centre.

The measures aim to benefit all buses using these routes and are designed to allow them to bypass traffic congestion, improving service reliability and cutting journey times.

Anne Shaw, director of network resilience at TfWM, said: “Improving our public transport infrastructure to make bus journeys more reliable is part of our plans to encourage more people on to public transport and help remove some traffic from our roads.

“Whilst these works could cause some delays to commuters, especially at peak times they will help improve journeys when completed.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.”

A fleet of environmentally-friendly zero-emission buses run by National Express West Midlands will operate on the Sprint route offering direct services between Walsall, Birmingham and Solihull from May next year.

These include 20 new hydrogen-fuelled buses funded by Birmingham City Council.

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