HS2 reveals new designs for Saltley Viaduct in Birmingham

HS2 has unveiled new designs for the Saltley Viaduct in Birmingham.

It said it has incorporated feedback from the local community in its new designs for the structure which will take the B4114 over the HS2 railway line, the Grand Union Canal, the Birmingham and Derby rail line and the River Rea.

Creating enough space for cyclists was a key requirement from local people, it said, so HS2 designers have widened the pathway from 2.5 metres to four metres, creating more room for both pedestrians and cyclists.

More than 75% of people said they wanted additional lighting to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists at night, therefore an LED lighting system integrated into the wider walkway.

HS2’s senior project manager David King said: “The Saltley Viaduct, which will cross the HS2 railway line as it travels into the new Birmingham Curzon Street station, is an important crossing point providing access between the city centre, Nechells and Alum Rock. As we finalise designs for the new structure, a key part of our approach is to take on board feedback from the communities who will use it.

“People were very keen for us to make improvements for pedestrians and make more space for cyclists, as well as increase lighting to improve safety at night, so we’ve been able to develop our designs to reflect this feedback.”

Nick McGough, director at Weston Williamson + Partners, and lead architect for the Balfour Beatty VINCI design joint venture, which is constructing the line in the West Midlands, said: “We’ve listened to people’s views and have created a more spacious area for both cyclists and pedestrians on both sides of the road. The parapet has been angled outward to make the most of the space and provide the best possible crossing experience on the viaduct.

“An innovative lighting solution has also been developed which enhances light levels for pedestrians and cyclists whilst preventing light spill onto the canal below, ensuring bats and other local wildlife are not affected by the viaduct.”

A community drop-in event will be held between 1pm – 5.30pm on Thursday 19 October at Ward End Fire Station, Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, Birmingham. People can book online: HS2 & BBV in Birmingham – Saltley Viaduct design event Tickets, Thu 19 Oct 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite