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Work on the A38 cycle route is due to begin next week. Tory councillors moaning about it has already started...

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/new-cycle-superh...

I think it should be cancelled and more car lanes built to solve the congestion problem.

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Councillors will diss until its a success and then erase their words and jump on the 'successwagon'

Has the work started on the A38? I haven't noticed any on the parts I've been on this week.

I was told that work was starting last week but nothing would be noticeable until later in July.

I saw some engineering types wandering around in hi-vis looking at plans a couple of weeks ago.

Apparently work will not be starting until a legal challenge to the right turn at Wellington Road is resolved. I don't know why work on other sections can't start. 

Is it really starting next week? I heard there was a legal challenge that needed to be heard out,

good if true :) 

I think you read the first message rather than the latest.

Luci Luke said:

Is it really starting next week? I heard there was a legal challenge that needed to be heard out,

good if true :) 

Ah, yes that is what I heard as well,

fingers crossed,

Luci 

I think I now understand why the cycle revolution is a 20 year project. I used to think that in 20 years time there will be so many changes it will be amazing. I have come to realise that things happen so slowly that it will take 20 years to accomplish what you would normally expect to take around 5 years. 3 years in to the project the towpaths have been gritted and a few crossings, armadillos, dropped kerbs and signs installed.

My understanding is that the A38 is supposed to be finished next Spring but if work hasn't started yet will this still be achieved?

I'm afraid I very much doubt that any part of the A38 route will be ready by next spring, even if they were to actually start work tomorrow. It took a month of canal closure just to put in some wider steps at University station, a project so often delayed that it had been billed as 'happening soon' for at least six years.
The old battery site, between the canal and the Selly Oak bypass, which is apparently going to be a supermarket, has been a construction site for two years now (maybe three?), and so far they've leveled the earth a bit and build a retaining wall down the middle of it. None of the work I've seen done in the area inspires confidence in either the quality of the eventual product, or the likelihood of it being completed on schedule.

Funny you should mention the Battery site.   I've had a good view of it from the hospital for the last few days (as a visitor), and there is absolutely no work whatsoever going on behind the hoardings.

To be fair it was allegedly one of the most heavily contaminated sites in Birmingham, it's taken a long time to clean up.
There is some work going on around the electrical grid part of the site.


Andrew George said:

I'm afraid I very much doubt that any part of the A38 route will be ready by next spring, even if they were to actually start work tomorrow. It took a month of canal closure just to put in some wider steps at University station, a project so often delayed that it had been billed as 'happening soon' for at least six years.
The old battery site, between the canal and the Selly Oak bypass, which is apparently going to be a supermarket, has been a construction site for two years now (maybe three?), and so far they've leveled the earth a bit and build a retaining wall down the middle of it. None of the work I've seen done in the area inspires confidence in either the quality of the eventual product, or the likelihood of it being completed on schedule.

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