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Sprint A34 Route

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The new rapid bus service will offer passengers more reliable journey times due to dedicated lanes, priority at busy junctions and multi-door boarding.

The new A34 Sprint rapid bus services will take users from Walsall to Birmingham City Centre. This is just one of three routes being prioritised ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games being hosted in Birmingham.

Although Sprint is a longstanding feature of Transport for West Midlands’ strategic plan, delivery of the A34 Sprint is being accelerated to cater for the large number of spectators, athletes, media and volunteers who are expected to attend the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Alexander Stadium.

Plans for the route were revised following concerns raised by local residents about parking. The new plans now mean more than 80% of the parking spaces originally earmarked for removal have been retained.

The huge increase in the number of vehicles travelling into Birmingham city centre over the last decade has led to longer commutes for many people using busses as their preferred method of travel. Sprint aims to avoid traffic congestion by utilising dedicated bus lanes and stopping at fewer locations.

In addition to this, our new high-quality vehicles will provide reliable and enjoyable journeys, encouraging residents, business owners, and visitors to choose Sprint buses as an alternative to the car. This will help to reduce congestion and air pollution on the region’s roads.

Delivering the first Sprint routes will be part of a wider investment in road, rail, bus, tram and cycling infrastructure by Transport for West Midlands. This is all designed to deliver an integrated transport system to ease congestion and keep our region moving.

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