Civil engineering firms will need to deliver up to £300M worth of transport projects ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to the woman in charge of making sure the city’s transport infrastructure is set up for the event.
Some of the projects underway for the Games were already planned to coincide with the panned start of High Speed 2 (HS2) in 2026, such as new Sprint bus lanes and the Westside Metro tram extension, however these are being bought forward, said Anne Shaw, director of network resilience for Transport for West Midlands, in an interview in the December edition of New Civil Engineer.
Other works around new rail station upgrades, such as that at Perry Barr, are planned specifically for the games.
Shaw said: “In terms of the project we already have in the pipeline, we’re already well advanced in making sure we have the right suppliers in tow, with the delivery side of those elements. Where we’re trying to increase the pace of delivery, we’re making sure we have a good supply chain lined up to do the design and feasibility work and also the construction.”
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