Aggregate Industries has been awarded the job of improving the road infrastructure as part of the Birmingham City Centre Interchange scheme. This will deliver a major upgrade to bus passenger facilities in the city centre, including a major overhaul of bus routes and stops which will see the introduction of six bus interchanges around the city centre in summer 2012.
The work will pave the way for when the Midland Metro extension from Snow Hill to New Street station opens in 2015. It has been commissioned by Centro and Birmingham City Council and will include improving crossing facilities and signage, installing cycle lanes, and improving and adding pedestrian crossings. It also provides newly designed shelters, bus totems and other passenger facilities including easy to follow information to encourage public transport and walking journeys.
The work began on October 3 and is scheduled to last until July 2012, although there will be a two month break over the Christmas and New Year period. To minimise disruption to shoppers and businesses in the run-up to Christmas much of it will be carried out at night.
Centro chairman Cllr Angus Adams said: “These works will lay the foundations for the interchanges that will transform public transport in Birmingham city centre.
“Inevitably there may be some disruption, for which we apologise in advance, but by making the best use of the highway network we can strike a balance between priority for public and private transport and keep the city moving.”
Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council: “The new bus interchange and reshaping of the road network around it, will form an integral part of the city's new transport infra-structure for generations to come.
“Alongside the Metro, New Street Gateway, airport extension and HS2, the interchange will revolutionise the way transport links operate in the city, making them quicker, more efficient and user friendly for the public and businesses alike."
Mike Archer, our National Contracting Director said: “It is no secret the UK's highways are in a critical state and that investment in infrastructure is crucial in the journey to economic recovery in the UK.
“Schemes like the Birmingham City Centre Interchange Scheme are hugely important on both a regional and national level.
“The delivery of this scheme has been planned to be as efficient as it can be with overnight working and careful planning to ensure that the economic impact is minimised."
Most of the alterations will include change of direction and access arrangements for permitted vehicles.
Roads affected by the work are Moor Street Queensway, Carrs Lane, High Street, New Street, Stephenson Street and Stephenson Place, Corporation Street, Union Street, Warwick Passage, Union Passage, Lower Bull Street, Dale End, Lower Temple Street, Upper Bull Street, Temple Row, and Priory Queensway.
Changes in waiting restrictions are also proposed in Temple Street, Bennett’s Hill, Waterloo Street, Newhall Street, Dale End and Albert Street.
It is proposed in these areas to increase the number of bays for loading, taxis, blue badge parking and motorcycles to replace loss of space in other central streets.
Once this is completed it will be followed by the on-street works in 2013/14 to extend the Midland Metro from Snow Hill to New Street via Lower Bull Street and Corporation Street.