MAJOR improvements to public transport between Solihull, Birmingham International Airport, the NEC and Birmingham International railway station were announced yesterday.
Highway service provider Ringway and highways consultant WSP - both part of Birmingham Street Services - are to carry out the £11 million scheme, which will also include new facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
The scheme, fully funded by the Department for Transport, will be managed through the Solihull Strategic Highways Contract for Solihull Council.
The work will include new traffic-light controlled junctions with bus and coach priority, a new access to the airport with bus lanes, road widening, improved road infrastructure around the rail station and CCTV cameras.
Advanced GPS technology will be used to link buses with screens in and around the rail and airport terminals, the NEC and surrounding bus stops. The screens will provide information on bus movements and timetables to passengers.
Solihull Council’s cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, Councillor Ted Richards, said: “Not only will the scheme improve links between the north and south of the borough, but it will also improve employment opportunities by linking regeneration areas.
“We want to encourage people to use public transport rather than cars, and this scheme will do just that by improving routes and the number of services, as well as decreasing congestion, which will make journeys by public transport more reliable.”