WORK to create new bus lanes and improvements to street lighting on Lode Lane, one of the busiest roads in the borough, has begun.
The Lode Lane Enhancement Scheme, which went out to public consultation in February and May, includes a package of route improvements along Lode Lane between Dovehouse Lane and Solihull town centre.
This section of Lode Lane carries around 32,000 vehicles a day and forms one of the busiest, yet worst-performing, bus corridors in the Borough.
It is aiming to help unlock economic growth and aspiration in the borough, in light of planned major housing and employment growth ahead of HS2 and the UK Central developments.
The £3.5m scheme will deliver this by adding a dedicated bus lane between Dovehouse Lane and Rowood Drive and Seven Star Road and Poplar Road.
It will also be complemented by a £1.8m investment by National Express West Midlands to provide new high quality buses on the 957 and 71 bus routes.
Improvements will also be made to street lighting and for pedestrians and cyclists, with the introduction of off-carriageway cycle lanes and new crossing facilities.
Preliminary work will be undertaken on the canal bridge near Dove House Lane, which is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
The scheme in general is anticipated to take between six and seven months to complete.
Coun Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “The Council has a track record in the successful delivery of major projects and this essential project will make the borough’s transport infrastructure fit for the 21st century by improving connectivity to employment zones and key hubs.”
For more information on the scheme, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/lodelane