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A £9MILLION project to cut Birmingham city centre congestion will begin this year after the Government gave the major scheme the green light.

A series of improvements to Birmingham ring road, drawn-up by the city council, have been backed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The enhancements are designed to make it easier for traffic to get into the city’s ‘official enterprise zone’, which includes the Jewellery Quarter, Digbeth and the science park at Aston, as well as the revamped New Street station and the planned high speed rail station near Curzon Street.

But the improvements will also help people in Birmingham areas with high levels of unemployment to find work by making travel across the city easier.

Work is expected to begin in November. Central government is providing £3.9m, with further funding coming from the council and private sector.

Mr McLoughlin also approved plans for a £4.2m expansion of park and ride sites at Stourbridge Junction rail station in Dudley, Kings Norton station in Birmingham and Four Oaks station in Birmingham, providing 300 car parking spaces, electric vehicle charging points and new cycle hubs.

The announcements were welcomed by Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which includes councils and employers.