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Perry Barr Regeneration

Duration: Tue 07 Jan 2020 (ongoing)
Location: Birmingham


What's happening?

£500m is set to be invested in the regeneration of Perry Barr between now and 2031, helping to create a place that is fit for the future, safe, green and connected. The investment will bring about positive change, improving the quality of life for those that live in Perry Barr – and creating new opportunities now and for generations to come.

A lot of the construction activity will take place between now and 2022, which will affect journeys between Walsall and Birmingham and around Perry Barr.

The plans include:

  • A34 Highways Improvement Scheme 
  • Construction of a new bus rapid transit route; Sprint 
  • Improvements to Perry Barr Interchange
  • Redevelopment of Alexander Stadium
  • Construction of Perry Barr Village

The first phase of works began in June and means that local traffic and those travelling to and from the city centre may be affected.

Latest Works

As part of the Perry Barr Regeneration programme and highways improvement scheme, traffic lights are being installed at Birchfield Roundabout. To do this some traffic restrictions are being put in place.

From Monday 10 August the A34 pedestrian footbridge and subway will be permanently closed.

From Monday 17 August 2020 the number of lanes will be reduced from 2 to 1 on the A34 underpass in both directions.This will be in place until February 2021.

From Sunday 11 October, Birchfield Underpass will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) for up to six nights to continue works around Birchfield island.

Key travel advice: 

  • Plan ahead and leave more time for your journey.
  • Consider using another route where possible. Check apps that show traffic levels before leaving.
  • Consider walking or cycling for shorter journeys, where possible, to reduce congestion on the A34 and local roads. Public transport services are operating but fewer people are able to travel. 
  • If you use the A34 into Birmingham from Walsall or M6 J7 you may want to consider using the M6 Aston Expressway to access Birmingham City Centre
  • Allow extra time for all bus journeys through this area on the weekend of Friday 14 to Monday 17

What does that mean for me?

During the work, there will be changes to some roads, including lane closures. This will affect car drivers and buses, which will be diverted to allow the work to take place. Traffic through this area will be affected at various times. Some work will happen at night, while at other times lane closures may be in place.

The work will be carried out in phases, rather than all at once to keep disruption to a minimum. That means you will need to plan ahead and remember to check your journey regularly, as it may change several times over the next few months.

This page has been created so you can stay up to date with the latest information to help you plan ahead and keep moving while the construction takes place.

As more information becomes available we will share it here, so please check back regularly as dates may change. Or you can sign up for updates.

Find out more

For more information on Perry Barr regeneration programme please visit Birmingham City Council's website.

Page last updated: 6 August 2020