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Sprint priority bus corridor

We are creating a bus priority corridor called Sprint. This will help reduce traffic congestion and give people an alternative to driving. It will make it easier to get the bus and reduce journey times.

Sprint will also help us tackle climate change. We want our region to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2041. Sprint is part of our #WM2041 climate action plan.

Benefits of Sprint

We’re extending bus lanes and prioritising buses at junctions. This will make journeys shorter and more reliable.

We’re also upgrading bus shelters. The new shelters are comfortable and have better real-time information.

Sprint will:

  • plant more than 1,000 trees along the route with local community groups
  • build 95 new bus shelters
  • save up to 20% journey time during peak hours
  • have over 30 million journeys a year
  • support the region’s economy

Planned Sprint network

The Sprint network will have 7 bus priority corridors. It will link residential and employment areas. It will also connect to HS2 and new tram extensions.

The first corridor will link Walsall with Birmingham, Solihull and Birmingham Airport.

Other Sprint routes will go to:

  • Bearwood
  • Dudley
  • Halesowen
  • Hall Green
  • Longbridge
  • Northfield
  • Sutton Coldfield

Walsall to Solihull via Birmingham city centre

The first corridor connects Walsall, Solihull, Birmingham city centre and Birmingham Airport. It is sometimes called the A34/A45 Sprint route.

The route links:

  • Alexander Stadium
  • the NEC
  • Birmingham Airport

These are all important parts of the Commonwealth Games 2022.

As part of our planning, we’ve spoken to residents, businesses and community groups. We’ve revised the route and plans based on feedback.

National Express West Midlands will operate this route.

Construction

Find out how to avoid transport disruption during construction.

You can read updates about construction along the A34 and A45.

Zero-emission Sprint buses

In 2022, Sprint will have zero-emission double decker buses. They run on hydrogen.

From 2023, Sprint will have tram-style buses with low floors. These will also be zero-emission buses.

Frequently-asked questions

Check our frequently-asked questions if you want to find out more.