Disruptions to traffic and bus routes will be expected up until October following the start of the £2.3 million highways improvement scheme in Solihull town centre. The Solihull Gateway Project will see enhancements in Station Road and Poplar Road, one of the key ‘gateways’ into the town.
The scheme is being carried out by Solihull Council in partnership with Centro, the West Midlands’ public transport co-ordinator, and Balfour Beatty Living Places.
The project is expected to be complete by October and Solihull Council bosses have said the works are being delivered in a way that minimises disruption and inconvenience to local businesses, residents and road users.
A temporary one-way traffic flow system is being introduced for the duration of the work which will affect most of Station Road and Poplar Road except from its junction with the Warwick Road to the car park situated at Marks & Spencer.
The works will be carried out in four stages.
There will be changes to bus stops and temporary bus stops will be installed as required.
Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “It is great to see the Solihull Gateway project getting underway.
“This scheme will be a real boost for the town centre, creating a more attractive and comfortable environment for pedestrians, as well as reducing the dominance of traffic and improving facilities for buses and their passengers.
“We’re going to be as accommodating as possible while the works are taking place.
“I look forward to seeing the completed project,” he added.
Pedestrian access will be maintained to all frontages along Poplar Road and Station Road. Access to town centre car parks will also not be affected.
Information events on the Gateway project will also be held at Solihull Central Library on February 24 and 26 and March 7.
There will also be one in Mell Square on February 28.