After months of confusion for local motorists, Birmingham City Council have today confirmed the date that the speed limit on a major south Birmingham route will be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.
A council spokesman confirmed that the new 30mph speed limit – on the A38 between Northfield and Rubery and also on Lickey Road – will come into force on Wednesday 19th September.
The change comes as part of the Longbridge Connectivity Project which aims to: “improve transport links to and from Longbridge, revitalise the local economy and support the regeneration of the town centre.”
Speculation began in early June, as signs for the speed reduction began to be put in place. Road users were unsure in the new speed limit was in force and were concerned about speed cameras leading to fines being issued.
In a statement, Birmingham City Council clarified that the signage had to be put in place and assessed before applying for the removal of the 40mph Traffic Regulation Order which would allow the speed to be reverted to the urban standard of 30mph.
The statement said that the change was expected to happen in mid to late July.
To help with confusion, the council’s contractors covered signs which proclaimed ‘New Speed Limit in Force’ with black plastic.
However, as July and August passed there was still no clear indication on when the new speed limit would come into effect.
Now in early September, the only clue that the speed limit has not yet reduced is that one of the red ‘New Speed Limit’ signs by Longbridge Social Club remains covered.
So today, B31 Voices asked Birmingham City Council to clarify the change and delays.
Confirming 19th September as the date for the change, a council spokesman said that minor issues with the signage had held up the change of the Traffic Regulation Order.
He said: “The delay was due to some minor signage amendments being required to ensure that the scheme was fully compliant.”
Some overhanging branches which were obscuring new speed limit signs also had to be trimmed.