The transformation of Perry Barr, starting with the A34 North Perry Barr subways project has been approved. The scheme will see a safe, attractive and convenient pedestrian route to help stimulate future investment by filling in three pedestrian subways at the junction and the centre of the island raised to existing road level.

The project forms part of an emerging masterplan for Perry Barr, which identifies potential uses for key development sites, including amongst others the former BCU site and Gailey Park, alongside public realm and transport improvements.

The full business case for the subways project has now been approved.

Councillor Ali said: “There are a number of development opportunities in this area and this subway project is just the start; it will improve public space and pedestrian links in the area, including future development sites and reduce the perception of crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We want all new development to be safe and attractive as well as providing high-quality pedestrian routes, and the subway project is fundamental to this aim.”