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Solihull A45 bridge to be replaced

Bridge on A45 Image copyright Solihull Council
Image caption The current bridge on the A45 dates back about 150 years

A new £12m bridge is to be built in Solihull after £8.3m of government funding was secured.

It will replace a 150-year-old structure carrying the westbound carriageway of the A45 over the West Coast Main Line.

The new bridge will also create an extra westbound lane and an improved access slip road to Birmingham International Airport.

Work is due to start in January and completed in August 2016.

The Department for Transport said the route is used by about 55,000 vehicles a day.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: "The A45 serves important sites including Birmingham International Airport, the NEC, and employers such as Jaguar Land Rover.

"This new bridge will reduce congestion and improve safety, and include new pedestrian and cyclist facilities."

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