Work is set to commence this summer on a new project to revamp Digbeth High Street after new funding was injected into the scheme.
Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has allocated £15.4 million from its Enterprise Zone Investment Plan to the project with £272,000 coming from the city council.
New CGIs showing how it will look have also been released (above and below).
This particular scheme forms part of the wider plan to extend the West Midlands Metro from Bull Street to connect up with the new HS2 station.
Among the plans are wider pavements, new cycle routes, increased cycle parking and new public space with seating.
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There will be single-lane traffic in each direction, removal of some turning movements onto and off Digbeth High Street and at junctions on nearby side roads and changes to the direction of traffic flows on some surrounding roads.
Priority will be given to buses, cycles and hackney carriages on one part of the road to remove through traffic while allowing access for local servicing such as loading bays.
Work is set to commence in July and is expected to take a year to complete with transport chiefs warning of disruption in the area.
The one-mile ‘Eastside’ Metro extension will run from Bull Street and have four stops at Albert Street, HS2, Meriden Street and High Street near the Custard Factory and coach station.
GBSLEP chairman Tim Pile said: “Digbeth High Street is at the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside.
“This redevelopment will transform how visitors, business and residents use this major city centre corridor.
“The £15.4 million funding will make a difference through enabling wider public realm works that will complement the West Midlands Metro as well as improving the environment for walkers, cyclists and public transport users.
“These improvements will also maximise upon Digbeth’s location near the landmark Curzon HS2 station.”