Contractors appointed to develop Sprint rapid bus corridor along the A34 in Birmingham and Walsall

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has appointed two contractors to work on crucial parts of the new Sprint rapid bus network along the A34 in Birmingham. 

McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd and Colas Ltd will deliver the construction work for separate sections of the Sprint corridor on the route between the city centre and Walsall. 

McPhillips are working on the section between the city centre and Perry Barr, while Colas Ltd are working on the route between Scott Arms, Great Barr and Walsall town centre. 

A contract for the middle section between Perry Barr and Scott Arms was awarded last year.

The Sprint rapid bus service is expected to cut peak journey times by around 20%
The Sprint rapid bus service is expected to cut peak journey times by around 20%

Sprint is a priority bus corridor that will link Walsall with the centre of Birmingham, Solihull and Birmingham Airport - joining the A34 with the A45 to create one continuous route.

Buses using the Sprint corridor will be able to cut through traffic jams using new and extended bus lanes and priority measures at junctions and the introduction of off board ticketing will mean services spend less time at bus stops.

The overall effect will speed up journey times by about 20 per cent at peak times. As a result passengers will benefit from more reliable and regular services and save time on their commute.

Sandeep Shingadia, TfWM’s director of development and delivery, said: “We’re very pleased to announce Colas Ltd and McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd as construction partners for sections of our A34 Sprint corridor between Birmingham city centre and Walsall.

“The high quality and, most importantly, the reliability of the Sprint bus services we are developing will offer people a viable alternative to the private car and help us reduce both congestion and carbon emissions.

“The start of works along these sections are a significant milestone for both TfWM and for the Sprint project. We are in good hands, working with some of the UK’s leading infrastructure companies along the A34 and A45 in order to ensure the Sprint bus corridor will be completed and ready to run next Spring.”