Building Sprint

Funding for the first phase of the Walsall to Birmingham Airport and Solihull A34/A45 route was approved by the WMCA Board in February 2020. The first part of the Sprint corridor will be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2022.

We are now in the main construction phase with work beginning along the A34 and A45. The main contractor along the A45 is Morgan Sindall, and we currently have three contractors working along the A34: McPhillips, Fitzgerald and Colas.

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Working with our Local Authority Partners

We are working with our Local Authority partners to coordinate construction works to ensure that we keep disruption to a minimum. We will encourage commuters to use alternative travel options and to avoid any disruption caused.

A Traffic Regulation Order, or TRO, is the legal documentation required to make changes to the status of the highway. Informal public consultation on any proposed changes – such as those required for the Sprint Corridor – have to follow this formal, legal process before the changes can be introduced on the road itself.

It provides an opportunity for members of the public to make comments on proposals or submit a formal objection (which must include grounds for the objection). TROs are organised by the local authority area.

We’ve already completed the Traffic Regulation Order consultation process in Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall and we expect the TRO process in Solihull to be completed over the summer.

Working with the community

There has been significant consultation and engagement with residents, business and community groups as part of the development for the A34/A45 Sprint route. Feedback from these key groups has been taken on board and revisions to the route have been made as a result.

We are committed to providing ongoing communications and engagement with communities along the corridor, particularly during construction. Notifications will be sent out to residents and businesses two weeks in advance of work taking place in a particular area. You can keep up to date with progress via our newsletter and website.

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