West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has told Birmingham City Council that it is jeopardising the Commonwealth Games by attempting to knock down the Perry Barr Flyover.

The city council made the decision to demolish the flyover four months ago, but work has not begun on the structure.

The A34 Perry Bar Highway links Birmingham City Centre to Walsall. A 15,000-strong petition was put together opposing the plans.

The Mayor has now renewed his calls to keep the flyover in place due to the delays to work and the risk it poses to the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The original decision to knock the flyover down was taken back in October last year, but four months on no work has taken place. With this delay in mind, we now face the very real risk of work to demolish the flyover and replace it with a dual carriageway not being completed in time for the Games in 2022. It would be incredibly damaging for the city’s reputation if athletes and tourists turned up and were faced with a building site."

Andy Street
The city council made the decision to demolish the flyover four months ago Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham City Council say there has been no delay to the timetable for the A34 highway improvement scheme.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar said: “We have always been very clear that the A34 improvements are not about the Commonwealth Games.

"It is about ensuring the transport infrastructure in Perry Barr can meet the needs of an increased population as we are building 5,000 new homes as part of a wider £0.5 billion regeneration of the area."