Fitzgerald Wins Birmingham Highway Safety Improvement Scheme

Fitzgerald have been awarded a highway safety improvement scheme by Birmingham City Council to improve the overall safety and efficiency of the junction of Pershore Road, Priory Road and Edgbaston Road, providing enhanced pedestrian and cycling facilities for better operational efficiency. 

Valued at £2.1 million the scheme forms an integral link between the Birmingham Cycle Revolution route on the A38 Bristol Road and the National Cycle Network at Cannon Hill Park. Fitzgerald were appointed as principal contractor for the 33-week scheme which will be delivered under the Black Country Minor Civil Engineering Works Framework Lot 3.

The project will be undertaken in a live environment and has several key challenges including the requirement for significant statutory utility diversion works and ensuring the safety and movement of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists. Extensive preconstruction planning has been conducted to overcome traffic management constraints as well as liaison and coordination with adjacent stakeholders Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Midland Art Centre and the ongoing Winvic construction site.

Our scope of works involves the construction of crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists on all arms of the junction, widening the carriageway on Priory Road and Edgbaston Road and carry out the widening of the cycle feeder lane on the northbound Pershore Road approach to the junction. The scheme also includes provision of a new segregated two-way cycle track along Priory Road and Edgbaston Road, a controlled crossing for cyclists and improved traffic signing, road markings, provision of street lighting and landscaping along the route.