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Best foot forward: work to begin on new Smethwick walking route

Published 11th February 2022

Sandwell Council is to begin work on a signposted walking route from Smethwick Rolfe Street Railway Station to the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.

Signposts will direct walkers on the 1¼-mile route through quieter residential streets between the railway station and the hospital, through the Windmill Eye estate.

Footways and pedestrian crossing points will also be improved along the route, including new surfacing and installing tactile paving, which consists of textured ground surface indicators to assist pedestrians with visual impairments when approaching crossing points.

Work will begin in February 2022 and will be completed between March and April 2022, with minimal disruption.

This project is part of Phase 3 of the Smethwick Connected: Active Travel Corridor Improvements as part of the Towns Fund; a national government fund that supports local economic growth, boosting regeneration and local connectivity. Further phases of the project aim to improve cycling and walking connectivity in Smethwick.

Councillor Ahmad Bostan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more active, and the new walking route from Smethwick Rolfe Street Railway Station to the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital will help many people on their journey to better health.

“The route is included in Sandwell’s Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (SCWIP) which aims to develop more cycling and walking routes, improve the walking environment and increase walking uptake among residents.”

Find out more information about the Smethwick Connected walking route (the text takes you to a web link).