A38 Selly Oak Bypass

Scheme outline

The scheme provides a new dual two-lane road to carry the A38 through the Selly Oak area of Birmingham. The new road will avoid the existing four-lane single carriageway road which runs through the a busy commercial centre. The new road will also facilitate fast access to the A4040 Harborne Road and the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The work includes new bridges for the Birmingham and Worcester Canal and the cross-city railway line. Extensive temporary works are enlisted for diverting the canal, so that works on the bridge alignment do not close it to traffic.

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Bypass or realignment
for use by all traffic
Highway authority
Central Government/Birmingham City Council


1 August 2010

Abutments for the canal and railway bridge are taking form. The link roads that were built in connection with the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital are fully commissioned and awaiting connection to the new road. The land running from the railway/canal embankment to the northern end of the site has been completely graded ready for concreting to carry the road sub-surface.

13 April 2011

Bridge taking the Cross City Railway Line and Worcester & Birmingham Canal over the new road completed, work ongoing on new section of road junction with the current A38 at Bournbrook.

21 August 2011

Road opened to traffic today. The old A38 appears to have been renumbered B38.

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