Birmingham & Black Country

Solihull £11m road improvement scheme completed

An £11m scheme to improve the road system around Birmingham International Station, Birmingham Airport and the NEC has been completed.

The scheme will be officially opened by the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond MP, at a ceremony to be held at 1345 BST.

The Department for Transport funded the scheme which includes cycle lanes, footpaths and bus lanes.

A spokesman said it opened up public transport to the north of Solihull.

'Exciting scheme'

Buses are helped through the road network with variable lanes and vehicle detection equipment allowing bus priority at junctions.

It also includes traffic management and passenger information signs with changing displays to help people get home from large events at the NEC.

Councillor David Jamieson, Cabinet Member for Transport at Solihull Metropolitan Council, said: "This is a major investment in an extremely important and exciting scheme.

"This scheme was designed to improve and provide direct and convenient public transport in the area, and will impact directly on people's lives and help people out of unemployment, by allowing people to travel and access jobs in places which they otherwise would not have been able to travel to."

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