Selly Oak New Road - August 2009 update

Following my Selly Oak New Road - March 2009 update developments continue on the Selly Oak New Road with August seeing rapid progress.

Selly Oak New Road Phase 2
Dates: Saturday 15 August 2009 to Friday 21 August 2009

The Scheme includes for the Construction of a new road to relieve A38 Bristol Rd as it runs through the Selly Oak Centre. It will run between the end of Selly Oak New Rd-Phase 1A (off Harborne Ln) and the junction of Bristol Rd / Edgbaston Park Rd.

The following works will take place:
  • Clearing vegetation between canal and railway.
  • Cutting temporary ramp for access to canal.
  • Demolition of the Wesley Richards Gun Factory in Grange Road.
  • Demolition of Iron Mountain in Grange Road.
  • Re-location of Tesco Express.
  • Trial Holes in A38 footpaths for surveying purposes.

Local footpath diversions will be in place.
No traffic management is
anticipated on the Bristol Road for several weeks.

Work on the demolition of the Westley Richards Gun Factory has already progressed much to the regret of conservationists who "said the destruction of the early 19th century arts and crafts factory was “regrettable”, particularly following the demolition of the Birmingham Battery Office earlier in the year.

A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said the building of the relief road was the subject of a public inquiry in 2005 which found it to be “vital to the area”.“One of the conditions attached to the planning permission for the road was the full documentation of the building and its history, and a full archive of photographs and drawings has been retained for historians,” she said.


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