A34 Perry Barr Highway Improvement Scheme

Closed 2 Aug 2019

Opened 3 Jun 2019

Feedback Updated 14 Oct 2019

We Asked

For comments on proposals for the highway changes in Perry Barr in support of the wider regeneration of the area.

You Said

1577 individuals responded to the consultation via BeHeard and 13 responses were received separately from key stakeholders and businesses/ organisation.

Analysis of the consultation responses identified key themes and concerns from local individuals and organisations including:

  • 81% of respondents do not support the proposed changes to the A34 Walsall Road/ A453 Aldridge Road junction layout as:
    • Some respondents felt there would be an incease in congestion as a result of removing the flyover; and
    • Some respondents felt there would be negative air quality impacts as a result of this proposed scheme.
  • 61% of respondents do not support the proposed changes to the A34/ A4040 junction layout changes as:
    • Some respondents felt there would be an increase in congestion as a result of introducing traffic lights leading to a delay to journeys.
  • 46% of respondents do not support the A34 cycle route extension as:
    • Some respondents felt that the cycle route extension would be a waste of money as it is not currently well used.

We Did

The Council has thoroughly read and analysed each response to the consultation. The consultation report will be presented to Cabinet on 15 October 2019, where the scheme's Full Business Case (FBC) will be considered and a decision made.

Following on from the feedback received during consultation, some elements of the scheme will be reviewed during detailed design. These include:

  • Providing more priority for cyclists at side roads along the A34 route;
  • Cyclist crossing movements at signalised junctions; and
  • Access to the Probation Office and Regina Drive on the western side of Walsall Road.
  • Consideration will be given to allowing vehicular traffic to turn right from Church Road to Aldridge Road to assist with traffic management.

Council responses to key issues raised are detailed in section 4.6.1 of the consultation report.

Overview

Perry Barr will see unprecedented change over the coming years thanks to more than £500m of investment into the area. This regeneration will deliver new homes, improvements to public transport, walking and cycling routes, new community facilities and high-quality public spaces.

The area will also play a key role in delivering the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The new housing on the former Birmingham City University campus will initially provide accommodation for athletes and officials during the Games, before being made available for local people after the Games. Alexander Stadium, which is nearby, will be redeveloped to host the athletics and Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The A34 Perry Barr Highway Improvement Scheme, proposes changes to the road layout at the A34 Walsall Road/ A453 Aldridge Road junction and adjacent roads to improve the way people travel in and around Perry Barr, including giving priority to public transport, walking and cycling. We would like to hear your views on how this proposed new road layout will affect you, however you are travelling.

Summary of proposals

In order to help with the regeneration of Perry Barr, highway improvement works need to be undertaken. To open up the heart of Perry Barr and make the area more accessible by sustainable forms of transport, we plan to redesign the roads between the Greyhound Stadium and Aston Lane/ Wellington Road.

  • The A34 Perry Barr flyover will be removed, putting all traffic onto a dual carriageway at ground level. This will mean that you will be able to see across the A34 between One Stop Shopping Centre and the new housing development, and the area will feel more open and easier to walk around. There will be footways on both sides of the road, linked by signalised crossings for both pedestrians and cyclists.

Proposed view across A34 Birchfield Road to One Stop Shopping Centre – the A34 flyover has been removed and a new layout is proposed with a controlled crossing across the A34. A bus lane and cycle route will be introduced on the southbound side of the carriageway.

  • A 200m section of Aldridge Road will be closed to general traffic to provide access for pedestrians, cyclists and southbound buses.
  • The junction at A34 Birchfield Road/ A4040 Aston Lane/ Wellington Road, which is currently a roundabout with pedestrian subways, will be changed to a crossroads with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. The existing underpass will remain for traffic.
  • The existing cycle route will be extended from Heathfield Road to Perry Barr Centre.
  • Bus lanes on the A34 will provide priority for existing bus services and for the future Sprint services.

The plan below provides an overview of the proposed changes to the A34 highway layout.

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Supporting material and proposed views of the Highway Improvement Scheme can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and is available in paper format at the following libraries:

  • Aston Library, 99 Whitehead Road, B6 6EJ
  • Birchfield Library, 3 Trinity Road, B6 6AH
  • Hamstead Library (Sandwell), Tanhouse Centre, Hamstead Road, B43 5EL
  • Tower Hill Library, Tower Hill, Birmingham, B42 1LG
  • Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, B1 2ND

 

 

What Happens Next

Responses to the questionnaire will be analysed and published as a part of a Full Business Case in autumn 2019.

 

Your responses will be used solely for this consultation and will be kept confidential. Any comments used will be kept anonymous and individuals will not be identified. 

Your personal data will be held by Birmingham City Council as the data controller and by Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd as data processors. Personal data will not be shared with any other organisation. This survey is being conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and if you would like to know more about our Data Protection Policy please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/privacy.

Events

  • Drop in event at Doug Ellis Sports Centre

    From 18 Jun 2019 at 11:00 to 18 Jun 2019 at 15:00

    Officers will be on hand to answer questions, and plans will be available to view.

    Doug Ellis Sports Centre
    150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham, B42 2SY

  • Drop in event at Doug Ellis Sports Centre

    From 22 Jun 2019 at 09:00 to 22 Jun 2019 at 12:00

    Officers will be on hand to answer questions, and plans will be available to view.

    Doug Ellis Sports Centre
    150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham, B42 2SY

  • Drop in event at Doug Ellis Sports Centre

    From 27 Jun 2019 at 15:00 to 27 Jun 2019 at 19:00

    Officers will be on hand to answer questions, and plans will be available to view.

    Doug Ellis Sports Centre
    150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham, B42 2SY

  • Drop in event at Doug Ellis Sports Centre

    From 16 Jul 2019 at 15:00 to 16 Jul 2019 at 19:00

    Officers will be on hand to answer questions, and plans will be available to view.

    Doug Ellis Sports Centre
    150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham, B42 2SY

Areas

  • ASTON
  • Birchfield
  • Lozells
  • PERRY BARR

Audiences

  • All residents
  • Visitors/tourists
  • Local Residents
  • Public Sector Bodies
  • Businesses
  • Faith groups
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Staff
  • Service user groups

Interests

  • Regeneration
  • Transport (Including Walking)
  • Travel