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Birmingham A34 flyover decision branded 'bizarre' by Andy Street

By Tom Dare | Birmingham | Transport | Published:

The decision to tear down the Perry Barr flyover is "bizarre", according to mayor Andy Street.

The A34 flyover takes motorists through the centre of Perry Barr. Pictured here between One Stop shopping centre and the former Birmingham City University site to the left. Picture: Google

Taking to Twitter following the announcement that proposals for the £27.1 million overhaul of Perry Barr would be put before the cabinet next week, Mr Street said that tearing down the flyover "would bring disruption and traffic chaos for no improvement to traffic flow".

The plans, which have received more than 15,000 signatures in opposition, would include the removal of the A34 flyover in favour of putting all traffic onto a dual carriageway at ground level, as well as capping the Birchfield island.

Birmingham City Council say that the work is vital if the city is to begin to move away from private cars and toward public transport, with the extension of a cycle path and Sprint bus stops planned to be introduced along the new route.

However Mr Street, who has long expressed his opposition to the plans, says that the proposals are "frankly bizarre".

“I am deeply disappointed that Birmingham City Council intend to press ahead with the demolition of Perry Barr flyover,” he said.

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“This decision is despite thousands of local people registering their opposition. Plus it ignores the transport surveys saying demolition will make things worse.

“To say nothing of the disruption of taking the flyover down. To spend potentially £30million on this seems frankly bizarre and not something I can support.”

The proposals will go before the cabinet of Birmingham City Council on Tuesday(15) and are expected to be passed.

Tom Dare

By Tom Dare
@tomdare7

Local Democracy Reporter covering the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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