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Route for £282M bypass announced

M42 hard shoulder running

Highways England has announced its preferred route for a £282M bypass near Solihull.

The route will be a 2.4km dual carriageway link road, west of Bickenhill, between the A45 Clock Interchange and a new junction on the M42 south of junction 6 located north of Solihull Road.

It was known as Option 1 in the consultation on three different route options which took place in January and it was the preferred option of 64% of respondents.

Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Pizzey said: “The recent consultation was a great way to ensure that we heard the opinions of local residents and businesses in the area and also for them to have a say in the project as it moves forward.

“This is a vital scheme which will support economic growth in the area and beyond. It will also improve access to HS2, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham Airport and future developments such as the UK Central development area.”

Birmingham Airport chief operating officer David Winstanley added: “We welcome Highways England’s decision to progress the Option 1 scheme for improvements to junction 6 of the M42. This junction is a critical part of the road network which provides access to many of the region’s biggest employers but is currently heavily congested.

“It is therefore vital that better access is provided to ease current congestion and cater for the future growth of both Birmingham Airport and the surrounding UK Central area. We will continue to work with Highways England to ensure that our emerging master plan aligns with the scheme so that passengers using Birmingham Airport in years to come benefit from the improvements.”

Construction is expected to start in 2020 and completion is due in 2023.

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