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Birmingham £61M relief road opened

A new £61M relief road designed to reduce congestion in Birmingham’s Selly Oak was opened today by transport minister Norman Baker.

The 2.5km long Selly Oak Relief Road — to be known as Aston Webb Boulevard — is expected to cut through-traffic from the existing A38 by half, and to revitalise Selly Oak centre by creating a safer and less congested environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

The government contributed more than £38M towards the total project costs of £61M. The scheme has been promoted by Birmingham City Council. The new road lies to the west of the A38 Bristol Road, which was also upgraded as part of the scheme.

“Logistically, building the road across the path of both the canal and railway has certainly proved a major engineering challenge for the council and its construction partner Birse Civils, but I am glad to say it is a challenge we have risen to,” said Birmingham City councillor Timothy Huxtable.

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