Commuters in Birmingham are set for a summer of travel misery with roadworks and improvements taking place across the city.

Work on improving the A452 Chester Road, between the Bagot Arms roundabout and Junction 5 of the M6, could affect the 40,000 drivers a day who use that route.

The year-long scheme will see changes to the central island at the Bagot Arms roundabout to create two lanes of traffic, while the existing zebra crossings on each arm of the roundabout will be replaced with toucan crossings.

A new bus lane is also set to be installed on the adjoining Tyburn Road and the roundabout exit will be widened as will approaches to the Tyburn House roundabout and Spitfire island.

Spitfire island itself will be made bigger and traffic lights installed, as well as a new left slip lane from Fort Parkway to Chester Road being created.

A new central reservation between Spitfire island and the M6 junction will also be installed to improve safety and reduce the number of accidents involving turning motorists.

Drivers heading through the city centre will be affected by the closure again of the Queensway tunnels from July 19 to September 1, to allow the second phase of improvement works to take place.

And in the city centre itself, work continues in Corporation Street to install tram lines for the Midland Metro.

For those heading into Birmingham from the east of the city, work also started yesterday at a key junction for Birmingham Airport and NEC.

The A45 Coventry Road eastbound will be widened to four lanes at the approach to Junction 6 of the M42 and also the roundabout itself will grow to provide four lanes. The work will take until November to complete.

Train passengers can also expect disruption, with the line between Redditch and Barnt Green, used by London Midland, shut from July 6 to August 31.

This is so Network Rail can carry out work to allow three trains an hour to Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Redditch from December instead of the current two.

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