Solihull Council officially open new and improved section of A45 adjacent to Birmingham Airport

Solihull Council held an event on Wednesday 2 October 2013 to officially
open the new and improved section of A45 adjacent to Birmingham Airport

The section between the Damson Parkway junction and Clock roundabout
includes a dedicated public transport lane to give fast and easy access to
Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International Rail Station. The scheme
also allows for the future potential for Midland Metro to be realised
Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, Councillor Ted Richards
said: "This section of the A45 is an essential network link between Solihull and the East
Birmingham and North Solihull Regeneration Zone and an important public transport
corridor carrying a large number of bus and coach services as well as providing access
to Birmingham International Rail Station. The improvements to the A45 will bring
substantial benefits to some of the region’s key economic assets as well as supporting
local connectivity and regeneration"
The scheme cost £32million funded by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,
Regional Growth Fund - £15m, Centro - The Integrated Transport Authority - £10m
and Birmingham Airport - £7m. Solihull Council as Highways Authority commissioned
Birmingham City Council to deliver the scheme through contractors Volker Fitzpatrick Colas
Representatives from all partners gathered to officially open the new road and
take part in a tour of the scheme on a vintage bus provided by National Express
Wednesday 2 October 2013


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