Completion of Phase 1
Construction of the first phase of Sprint has now been completed. Over seven miles of extended bus lanes, purpose-built shelters and priority signaling at busy junctions, will now ensure quicker, and more reliable, journey times for all passengers.
Work on the £88 million first phase began in January 2021 in the middle of the Covid pandemic and has taken 18 months to complete. Four main civils contractors were used for phase 1 with a requirement to finish in time for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Among the first to benefit from the new infrastructure will be special shuttle bus services for visitors attending events at Alexander Stadium, the NEC and Birmingham city centre.
76 new enhanced bus shelters, each including CCTV, have been installed along the entire route from Walsall to Solihull via Birmingham city centre.
And the new, larger, Sprint shelters are already proving popular, achieving a 98% satisfaction rate, with passengers particularly enjoying the live arrival information screens, lighting and design.
All buses using the Sprint route – accounting for approximately 20 million trips a year – will benefit from much quicker and more predictable services – cutting average journey times by 20 per cent along the A45.
What does it mean for Solihull?
Coming soon – Sprint Phase 2
If you use Lode Lane you will have noticed the installation of new, improved bus shelters. This is the preparation for Sprint 2, which will run between the A45 Coventry Road and Solihull Town Centre.
The second phase of Sprint will complete the corridor in Walsall and Solihull with further enhancements to the highway to complete in Sandwell and Birmingham city centre. Over 30 more new shelters will be installed taking the total to more than 90. Currently in design we expect to begin public engagement on our phase 2 proposals in the autumn with construction beginning in the new year.
You can find more about the Sprint programme by visiting the dedicated website: Sprint bus priority corridor | Transport for West Midlands (tfwm.org.uk)