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‘You won’t have to pay a penny’

ROAD chief David Jamieson has re-assured taxpayers that the borough won’t have to stump up cash to fund the diversion of the A45.

ROAD chief David Jamieson has re-assured taxpayers that the borough won’t have to stump up cash to fund the diversion of the A45.

Councillor Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said that Birmingham Airport and Birmingham City Council would meet the costs of the scheme.

He said that while Solihull Council supported the work, it was the other organisations that would bankroll the £32 million diversion.

The trunk road, which is used by 50,000 vehicles a day, will be moved to accommodate the airport’s runway extension.

“It was never the intention that we have to share the cost of the scheme, Solihull Council doesn’t have the finances to do so,” he said.

“Obviously this is an important road in Solihull and we support the work that is going to be carried out.

“However, it’s only right that Birmingham City Council, as a major shareholder, provides funding for this project.”

Coun Jamieson added that transport schemes that are currently underway - such as the creation of cycle routes and bus lanes - would not be affected by the diversion.

“They have been devised to complement the work on the A45, they’re not going to be wiped out.”

After many months of delay, the airport is getting ready to press ahead with its runway extension - though at 350m, it will be shorter than originally planned.

 

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