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Birmingham cycle paths set for upgrade on city green routes

Council to approve £1.7m of improvements to paths alongside rivers Rea, Cole and Tame

The Rea Valley cycle path in Birmingham

A £1.7 million package of improvements to boost cycling in Birmingham is set to be approved by leading councillors next week.

Cycle paths along the River Tame, under the M6, Cole Valley and Rea Valley are set for upgrades to encourage more people to get active and improve cycle safety.

The investment comes from a £17 million bike ambition grant given by the Government to Birmingham City Council last year.

Council cabinet member responsible for cycling James McKay said: “This work on our Green Routes is a key part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution jigsaw.

“I am delighted that it is starting to take shape and we are making the city a better place to cycle in – whether it is for commuting or leisure purposes.

“More improvements are due to be announced in the coming months and they will significantly improve our sustainable transport options.” The plans are set to be approved by the council’s cabinet on Monday and then work will begin in February, to be completed by October.

Works include;

  • River Tame Way from Perry Barr to Old Walsall Road, at a cost of £345,000,
  • North Birmingham Route – improvements under the M6 viaducts, £10,000
  • Cole Valley Route (north) – Completing the surfaced route between Stechford and the Grand Union Canal at Small Heath, £680,000
  • Cole Valley Route (south) – between Small Heath and Billesley / Yardley Wood, £620,000
  • Rea Valley Route – improvements to existing route between the City Centre and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Lifford, £45,000

A further £0.7 million has been set aside for smaller local links on cycle network.

The Birmingham Mail backed the scheme to attract funding from the Department for Transport “Cycle City” scheme, as a way of dramatically improving the health and wellbeing of people across the region.

Last year the city council approved cycle route upgrades to 30km of canal towpaths and work is to begin shortly.

 
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