20th Jan, 2020

Works start on town centre approach scheme

SOLIHULL council is working to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists in the town centre.

The Town Centre Approach scheme wants to provide safer travel between the town centre and Solihull Station for non-car users.

The council hopes the changes will make the centre more attractive to commuters and visitors.

As part of the project, a trial closure will prevent motorists from turning left into Station Approach from Blossomfield Road.

A council spokesperson said: “This closure aims to improve the route for pedestrians and cyclists from the Station to the town centre. It will provide more space when crossing Blossomfield Road.”

The trial started on Monday (February 5) and will be in place for one month.

During the closure, traffic volumes will be compared before and after the closure was enforced, council says.

The spokesperson added: “Following the trial, if there is significant additional pressure on the local road network, the design proposals will be reviewed and alternative design approaches considered.”

Councillor Ted Richards OBE, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “This scheme aims to put the priority on the safety of pedestrians and cyclists whilst also improving the environment of the station and town centre.

“We want to make sure getting from the station to the town centre is as easy as possible for people and we hope that this scheme will enable us to achieve this.”

If approved, the construction is due to start in spring and aims to be completed by the summer.

For more information, visit http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Parking-travel-roads/roadworks-and-restrictions/towncentreapproach

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