Work to carry out essential maintenance and improvements to one of Birmingham’s busiest road junctions is underway.
A package of works at Dartmouth Circus is scheduled to Monday 3rd September, with Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands and Highways England working in partnership to co-ordinate schemes and minimise disruption.
This includes maintenance works to ensure Dartmouth Circus meets modern standards, including replacing joints on the highway and repairing the concrete around these.
Work will be carried out 24 hours a day and are expected to take eight weeks to complete, during which there will be phased lane closures around Dartmouth Circus Gyratory and overnight road closures of the A38(M) Dartmouth Circus underpass into and out of city, from 8.30pm to 6am.
Alternative routes will be signed, although people are advised to walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible.
To coincide with these works, we are working with Transport for West Midlands to carry out works to extend the priority bus lane on the Lichfield Road which, when completed, will help improve bus journey times around the city.
Additionally, Highways England will be undertaking maintenance work on the M6 Junction 6, including removal of structural steel works under slip roads and removal of all temporary traffic management.
This will require full overnight closure of the outbound A38(M) and associated slip roads on 18 and 19 July, 23 and 24 July, 6 to 8 August and possibly 9 August.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “These are important works to improve one of our busiest junctions as well as ensuring that buses in the city are able to reach their destinations more quickly.
“We have chosen to carry out these works at Dartmouth Circus during the summer months, when traffic is usually lightest, and I would like to thank our partners at Transport for West Midlands and Highways England for working with us to co-ordinate these works so that they can be completed in the shortest possible time with the minimum of disruption.
“However, people should still expect some congestion and so I would urge you to plan your journeys carefully in advance. If you are able to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or use the bus then please do so – you will be helping the environment and ensuring there are fewer cars on the road while these works are carried out. If you must drive then please plan ahead and use alternative routes wherever possible.”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “By working in partnership with Highways England and Birmingham City Council we can reduce the amount of time motorists and bus users will be affected by these works. This is another step forward in Transport for West Midlands’ approach in supporting local authorities to co-ordinate road and utility works across the region and cut congestion.”
Further information on the works can be found here.