This article discusses various problems faced during the construction of the Birmingham Middle Ring Road. By 1986, two-thirds of the road had been completed, but one of the incomplete sections was a section between the A34 and A45, which would replace sub-standard roads and junctions carrying more than 30,000 vehicles a day. The problems included the following: (1) two railway bridge spans along the route were too narrow to accommodate the new road; (2) a canal had to be rerouted; (3) an extensive cemetery in the area had to be relocated. Thus the scheme had to be phased carefully, to minimise its impact on local residents, businesses, motorists, bus operations, rail traffic, canal traffic, and emergency services; consultations were held with the British Waterways Board, British Rail, and the Cemetery to develop the best strategy. Perhaps the most interesting feature was the 300m-long canal diversion which passed through a new lock, widened, and then narrowed; the area was also landscaped. Through the three years of construction of this road section, the public was provided with full information about the road works. The scheme cost 18.5 million pounds.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Comber, P
  • Publication Date: 1990-6-21


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16-17
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 173
    • Issue Number: 5100
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00617359
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM