Perry Barr Regeneration
Duration: Tue 07 Jan 2020
to Spring 2022
£500m is being 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, Birmingham and around Perry Barr.
- A34 Highways Improvement Scheme
- Construction of a new bus rapid transit route; Sprint
- Improvements to Perry Barr Interchange
- Redevelopment of Alexander Stadium
- Construction of PB Residential Scheme
For more information on Perry Barr regeneration programme please visit Birmingham City Council's website.
Phase two of the Perry Barr Highway Scheme will see some major changes to roads and traffic flows through Perry Barr, specifically on the A34. Phase two will create a new road layout, providing better access to public transport and improving facilities for cycling and walking.
Phase two will run from January to the end of 2021 with major works due to take place in this phase including:
- The removal of the flyover
- Carriageway widening
- Works to the new bridge at Birchfield Island
The flyover has now been removed and there remains a temporary traffic layout in place. Traffic signals have been installed to manage traffic and reduce congestion at the following locations:
- Harrier Way
- One Stop Crossing
- Change of timings at Aldridge Road
There are diversions in place to support the works which are detailed in the map below.
Access to the One Stop Shopping Centre will be maintained throughout the works.
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 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.
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.
Perry Barr Station will be closing to passengers from May 10 2021.
During this time the inside lane of Birchfield Road from Birchfield Roundabout to One-Stop shopping centre will also be closed to traffic.
Key travel advice
- You will still be able to get to where you need to go but you will need to consider alternative services
- Customers can access the rail network at Witton and Hamstead stations during the closure. Train tickets marked to/from Perry Barr, including season tickets, will be accepted at both stations.
- Consider walking or cycling shorter journeys if you can. It’s a short cycle to the next station and is beneficial for health and wellbeing.
- Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
Alternative travel options
During the temporary closure at Perry Barr, you will be able to access the rail network at Witton and Hamstead. Rail tickets, including season tickets, marked to/from Perry Barr will be accepted at both stations.
Rail passengers with West Midlands Railway season tickets, nTrain zonal tickets on a Swift card and single or return tickets that are marked with Perry Barr or Witton will be able to use their train tickets on local National Express West Midlands’ buses (listed below) to travel to/from Witton and Hamstead rail stations.
- 11A/11C Perry Barr – Witton Station
- 54/54A Hamstead Station - Perry Barr Station
The above rail tickets may also be used to travel to/from Birmingham City Centre, Aston or Walsall on the buses listed below. Train tickets can only be used to travel by bus to/from the destinations permitted on the train.
- 51 Birmingham - Aston - Perry Barr - Walsall
- 52 Perry Barr Station - Birmingham
- 33, 907, 934, 935, 936, 937/937A, 997 Perry Barr (Wellhead Lane) - Aston - Birmingham
Please note, the time of travel on the bus must match the permitted time on the train ticket. For example, off peak tickets cannot be used before 9.30am on a weekday.
For more information please contact Transport for West Midlands’ Customer Service on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0345 303 6760.
On 19 April 2021, the Sprint programme will begin work along the A34, Perry Barr, in preparation for the new route.
During these works, there will be 6 months of lane closures on the A34, in both directions, between Birmingham City Centre and the Scott Arms Junction.
Key travel advice
- You can expect delays in the area from 19 April 2021, so plan ahead and use an alternative route where possible.
- Allow extra time for your journey and consider walking or cycling shorter journeys if you can. Not only will you avoid congestion, it is beneficial for health and wellbeing.
- If you use the A34 to drive into Birmingham from Walsall or M6 J7 you may want to consider using the M6 Aston Expressway to access Birmingham City Centre.
- If you are using the 51, X51, 28, 46, 52 or 424 bus services through the area, there is no change to the route but delays may be seen, so allow extra time for your journey.
You can find more information on the Sprint construction programme here.