The Sprint Route
The ultimate vision for Sprint is to deliver a network of seven routes
The first of these is the cross-city route, which will run from Walsall to Solihull via Birmingham City Centre along the A34 and A45. Construction of the first stages of this route began in January 2020 and will be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games.
Further routes are in the planning stage as part of the HS2 connectivity package, ensuring access to key high-speed rail interchanges at HS2 Curzon Street and the HS2 Interchange. These are:
- Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham via Langley
- Dudley to Birmingham
- Halesowen to Birmingham
- Longbridge to Birmingham
- Hall Green to HS2 Interchange via Solihull
A34 Route - Walsall to Birmingham City Centre
The A34 provides an important link between Birmingham and Walsall, serving residents and businesses in Aston, Perry Barr, and Great Barr. The route also serves as a diversion route for traffic from the M6 and is susceptible to significant congestion as a result.
The existing services on the route suffer from journey time variability and the express services available do not serve many of the key locations on the corridor. Sprint will provide more predictable journey times whilst reducing the overall length of time it takes to travel between key areas.
This will improve connectivity along the route linking people to new jobs, housing, leisure facilities and onward connections.
The area served by Sprint along the A34 will also see significant development and regeneration, including Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone, HS2 Curzon Street Station and the surrounding Eastside development, the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium and the regeneration of Perry Barr and Walsall Town Centre.
A45 Route - Birmingham City Centre to Solihull & Birmingham Airport
The A45 provides an important link for Birmingham, Birmingham Airport and Solihull, serving residents and businesses in Digbeth, Sheldon, and Yardley. The route is the key link to East Birmingham and is susceptible to significant congestion as a result.
The existing services on the route suffer from journey time variability and the expected growth at UK Central is expected to exacerbate this. Sprint will provide more predictable journey times, whilst reducing the overall length of time it takes to travel between key areas.
This will improve connectivity along the route and support the expected growth in Solihull, Birmingham City Centre, the Digbeth regeneration area and UK Central, linking people to new jobs, housing, leisure facilities and onward connections.