Published on 06/01/12

CITY CENTRE TUNNEL TO BE REFURBISHED

Motorists are being advised that Lancaster tunnel on the A34 in Birmingham city centre will be closed overnight for nine weeks starting later this month.

Amey, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, will begin refurbishment work on the tunnel on Monday 16th January 2012. The tunnel will then be closed on weeknights, between 7pm and 6am, until Friday 30th March 2012. It will remain open on Friday and Saturday nights.

A fully signed short diversion route, via the Lancaster Circus traffic roundabout, will be in place. The other city centre tunnels will not be affected by the work.

The refurbishment of the city centre tunnels is one of the priorities which Amey undertook to complete during the first five years of its 25 year partnership with the City Council.  Lancaster tunnel will be the first to be refurbished and work will include strengthening at the tunnel entrances, forming an opening between northbound and southbound carriageways for emergency escape purposes and installing protective safety barriers around the central wall.

Mike Notman, Amey Project Director, said: “We will endeavour to carry out these vital works with the minimum disruption to road users and will do our utmost to ensure they are completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. The work will help our partnership in its aim to ensure the city’s infrastructure is brought up to modern standards and significantly improve the appearance of the highway network.”
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Background
In 2010, infrastructure services provider, Amey won the Birmingham Highways Maintenance and Management Service contract to manage and maintain the city’s roads over the next 25 years. The contract will see a huge investment into the city’s road network and Amey is working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to deliver the contract. The works include refurbishment and improvement of the city’s roads, footways, bridges, tunnels, street lighting and traffic control systems. Across the city, this includes 2,500km of road network, 100,000 street lights, 76,000 trees, 850 highway structures and bridges.