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Thinking smart on key roads

SOLIHULL council is letting you have your say on ‘smart routes’.

SOLIHULL council is letting you have your say on ‘smart routes’. Well that’s if you work, live, travel, or shop along the Chester Road or the A34 Stratford Road.

In a new scheme, Solihull council is currently out to gain more information on how the Chester and Stratford Road function, in order that routes along the roads can be improved for those who use the roads and the local communities.

The name of the study is the ‘Smart Route Study’ and these studies include the council improving both roads for the communities around them. The council with be looking at routes used by pedestrians and people on the road, and understanding any difficulties people will have along the way.

The aim of the studies is to engage with the local people and understand their problems on the routes. Solihull Council would like to hear from as many people as possible to find out as much information.

Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways Cllr Ted Richards said: “We encourage anyone who uses these roads, lives, works or shops to express their views to us clearly, so we can recommend the right improvements for the public and the community.”

People who would like to get involved with these studies can attend a series of ‘drop-in sessions’ in which people can discuss issues with each other and with members of the study and pinpoint any issues on the map.

Drop-in sessions for Stratford Road are being held at the Shirley Centre on Saturday September 12 at 1pm - 5pm and on Tuesday September 15 at 12.30pm - 5pm.

Drop-in sessions for Chester Road are going to be held at Castle Bromwich Youth and Community Centre on Wednesday September 23 at 6pm - 9pm and on Saturday September 26 at 1pm - 4pm.

Talks with community groups will also be held at schools and questionnaires will be handed out for people to fill in and entered into a prize draw to win one of two £50 shopping vouchers.

* For more information, you can visit the Solihull Council website which is or .



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