Sprint: a new, rapid transit system for local people

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Construction work will shortly begin on the Walsall to Birmingham Airport and Solihull A34/A45 Sprint route, starting in the Birmingham area.

Whilst there are current limitations to public transport in light of the Covid-19 crisis, Transport for West Midlands remains committed to providing an integrated transport system that is reliable, affordable and accessible for all, of which Sprint will play a vital role.

All of the preparatory and construction work has undergone rigorous health and safety precautions, abiding by the latest Government advice to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and the general public.

Behind the scenes, Transport for West Midlands has been working remotely, supporting you to keep moving and preparing for the future of public transport travel.

To keep up to date on the latest Sprint developments, we encourage you to sign up to the Sprint newsletter.  

If you have any questions relating to the Sprint construction work please email sprintenquiries@tfwm.org.uk or call 0345 303 6760, option 2, then option 3. 

What is Sprint?

Transport for West Midlands is delivering seven enhanced bus routes, linking key residential and employment areas whilst improving connectivity throughout Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

Two Sprint schemes have been prioritised to connect Walsall with Birmingham Airport and Solihull, along the A45 and A34, in time to support the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The uninterrupted route is the first of its kind and is expected to benefit over 30 million bus trips a year, as well as providing over £200 million in economic benefits.

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What are the benefits of Sprint?

Everything about Sprint is designed to make your journey more reliable and sustainable. Its benefits include:

  • Dependable timetables and an average journey time saving of 20%
  • Additional and extended bus lanes to minimise congestion
  • Enhanced confidence in and use of public transport
  • State-of-the-art bus shelters, designed to improve passenger safety and comfort

Sprint routes: Walsall to Birmingham Airport and Solihull A34/A45

Sections of the Walsall to Birmingham Airport and Solihull A34/A45 route are being prioritised to support the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This uninterrupted route from Walsall town centre to Birmingham airport is the first of its kind and is expected to carry over 30 million bus trips a year, as well as providing over £200 million in economic benefits.

Map last updated: 19th February 2020

*Please note that as with all large-scale infrastructure projects, the timing for the completion for some sections of the route are still in discussion with key partners and subject to change

Why do we need Sprint in Birmingham?

Sprint has been a key feature of the regional transport strategy for several years. It was first proposed in 2011 as part of the West Midlands Local Transport Plan, which aims to enhance connectivity throughout the region, improve access to other initiatives such as High Speed 2 and provide sustainable public transport. It’s particularly important in Birmingham due to:

  • A forecast growth in population of 444,000 by 2035 meaning increased demand from businesses and residents
  • A need for improved access to the city for work, leisure and social interactions
  • The numbers of spectators, athletes, media and local volunteers who will be travelling throughout the region during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • A growing need for ‘green’ transport, including zero-emission vehicles and reduced car travel
  • Our commitment to our Route Zero initiative to become carbon neutral by 2030

As with all complex infrastructure schemes, the plans and phasing of the project may change due to a number of factors. Transport for West Midlands is committed to keeping residents and businesses updated on the developments.

Sprint: What's coming up

Sprint is moving into the delivery phase of the project, along the A34/A45, an important and exciting milestone to improve public transport in the West Midlands. As a result, there will be a number of activities taking place along the route over the coming months:

  • Trial holes, coring and CCTV drainage surveys has been taking place to assess the position of utility services
  • Utility works will take place to make vital upgrades to local services and relocate where necessary
  • Traffic regulation orders will be published by Birmingham City Council to cover new permanent and temporary bus lanes, turning restrictions and parking with similar orders to be developed with other authorities once that stage is reached.
  • Localised bus shelter consultations will take place 4-6 months before shelter changes and installations are expected, as per TfWM’s shelter consultation process.
  • Construction work to improve the carriageway will begin imminently which will involve temporary traffic management along the route.

We will work with our partners to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum during the works, however, if works are expected to cause any changes to access to your property, workplace or the way your travel, we will keep you informed via the Sprint newsletter, updates on the website and where necessary letters to home/workplace addresses.

The Operator

We are in discussions with bus companies about operating Sprint services and we are exploring new ways of delivering a high-quality and reliable service. When a preferred operator is selected, we will update you here as well as via our newsletter, which you can sign up to on the right-hand side.

FAQ's

We have compiled a number of frequently asked questions with regards to Sprint, which you can access via the link below. If you have a question which is not included please email sprintenquiries@tfwm.org.uk or call 0345 303 6760, option 2, then option 3.

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