WORK has begun on an £11million scheme to improved transport links around the NEC.
Extra bus lanes along Station Way and Bickenhill Lane will be constructed alongside the existing carriageway, and a new bus interchange is planned for Birmingham International train station.
The scheme is part of a wider attempt to better link the north and south of the borough, and allow people in the north better access to employment.
More bus services will be provided and they will start earlier and finish later.
Cabinet member for transport and highways Coun Ted Richards said: “The starting of this work is the first step towards the opening up of public transport links between the north and south of the borough.
“This will have a real impact on employment opportunities, opening up areas to people who previously were not able to reach through public transport.
“It will reduce congestion, and give people the opportunity to travel safely by bike or other modes of greener transport. We hope to keep disruption to a minimum, and ask travellers for their patience and understanding while these works are being carried out.”
The disruption is expected to last 20 months with Bickenhill Lane reduced to one lane.