The former Sainsbury's site at Selly Oak Triangle

Selly Oak Triangle is where the Bristol Road meets Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane. Sainsbury's used to occupy the site until they moved to the new Shopping Park in 2018.


Selly Oak Triangle is located in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Sainsbury's was on the site until late 2018.

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Sainsbury's Selly Oak (June 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

At the Bristol Road, in Selly Oak, where it has junctions with Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane. This was being rebuilt in 2020 for the extension of the Selly Oak Bypass.

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Snow blizzard from Oak Tree Lane towards Selly Oak Triangle (December 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

With the closure of Sainsbury's near the end of 2018, the building was boarded up, and graffiti vandals kept tagging it.

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The former Sainsbury's in Selly Oak (February 2019). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

There are proposals to build yet another unwanted student accommodation block in Selly Oak on this site. It is unneeded as Selly Oak is over-saturated with new student developments, and will cause massive traffic problems here, especially now it's part of the bypass. My proposal is to instead develop it into a new square (or triangle). Or another public park. Or get someone like Tesco to open a new supermarket here instead? A square or a park will be good for the local pigeons, plus were need more trees around here.

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Pigeons flying near Sainsbury's Selly Oak (March 2018). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The proposed demolition of the old Selly Oak Sainsbury's will result in the sad loss of this sculpture of The Oak of Selly Oak. Is there a way to save it without it being destroyed unnecessarily?

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The Oak brick sculpture at Sainsbury's Selly Oak (June 2012). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

At the top of Harborne Lane near the Bristol Road, there used to be a smaller triangle with trees, bushes and benches. This was all dug up and removed in 2019 or 2020 during the Selly Oak New Road Phase 1B works. Delayed completion due to the pandemic.

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Selly Oak Triangle (January 2014). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Bus routes include the 11A, 11C, 38, 42, 42H, 48, 61, 63, X20 and X21.

 

Selly Oak Bypass roadworks

Signs like this one were placed on Chapel Lane and Oak Tree Lane, in the summer of 2019, claiming the bypass extension would be complete by Summer 2020. But due to the pandemic, they were still working on it well into the autumn and winter of 2020.

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Selly Oak New Road Phase 1B sign (August 2019). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

In February 2020, there was a new path on a former section of dead end road on Harborne Lane near the 11A bus stop. Meanwhile the part of Harborne Lane towards Oak Tree Lane was being rebuilt to be bidirectional.

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Selly Oak Bypass roadworks (February 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

By the end of October 2020, Harborne Lane was being opened to two way traffic towards Oak Tree Lane and Bristol Road. Meanwhile there was a lot of traffic going up Chapel Lane (some of which was trying to go into the Battery Retail Park). Chapel Lane was also planned to be changed to two way traffic by November 2020.

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Selly Oak Bypass roadworks (October 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Near the end of December 2020, in a snow blizzard, and by now traffic could go from Oak Tree Lane to Harborne Lane in both directions, whereas previously they had to go down Chapel Lane, Bristol Road and onto Oak Tree Lane (like the 11A bus does). Most of the roadworks here were complete, but hard to tell in the snow.

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Top of Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak (December 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Both Harborne Lane and Chapel Lane are bi-directional as of 2021. Also a new blue cycle lane has opened alongside the former Sainsbury's store. New trees have been planted as well. Plus some new bike racks.

Selly Oak TriangleNew blue cycle lane at Selly Oak Triangle on the Bristol Road (April 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

There is a section of the new blue cycle lane on Harborne Lane outside of Homebase, and not too far from the Selly Oak Shopping Park. Bi-directional traffic on Chapel Lane and Harborne Lane, but not many cyclists using the new cycle lane, probably as they are still riding up and down the towpath of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Blue cycle lane Selly OakNew blue cycle lane at Selly Oak Triangle on Harborne Lane (May 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

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27 Apr 2021 - Elliott Brown
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New blue cycle lane from Selly Oak Triangle up the Bristol Road

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The final phase of extending the Selly Oak Bypass is now complete. Harborne Lane has been bi-directional to traffic since the end of October 2020, and it seems that Chapel Lane is the same. The blue cycle lane runs past the former Sainsbury's store. Beyond that is red and white bollards past the new Sainsbury's close to Selly Oak Station and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

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The final phase of extending the Selly Oak Bypass is now complete. Harborne Lane has been bi-directional to traffic since the end of October 2020, and it seems that Chapel Lane is the same. The blue cycle lane runs past the former Sainsbury's store. Beyond that is red and white bollards past the new Sainsbury's close to Selly Oak Station and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.


New Blue Cycle Lane from Selly Oak Triangle along the Bristol Road

The work to extend the Selly Oak Bypass to the Bristol Road was completed at the end of 2020. A new blue cycle lane has been installed that runs down the side of the former Sainsbury's store (the plans for student flats were thankfully rejected).

 

Harborne Lane at Selly Oak Triangle

From Oak Tree Lane and Bristol Road in Selly Oak, you can see that traffic now goes in both directions, where as before it was one way. The ambulance was crossing from Oak Tree Lane to Harborne Lane.

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The start of the new blue cycle lane at Selly Oak Triangle. Lots of new traffic lights and lampposts, no benches or trees at this point.

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Part of the cycle lane comes from Harborne Lane.

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Bristol Road towards Chapel Lane

There is a new bus lane that goes from Harborne Lane onto the Bristol Road. The bus stops have been moved to outside of the former Sainsbury's store.

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Crossing over the bus lane. It all looks nice and new. Not sure if any cyclist has used it yet.

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There is still trees growing in front of the former Sainsbury's store. Re-located bus stops on the right.

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New young trees have been planted down here. Let's hope that they last and have a chance to grow.

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Frankie & Benny's ahead at the Chapel Lane junction with the Bristol Road, sadly closed down in 2020 during the previous lockdowns.

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Chapel Lane at the Bristol Road junction

At the Chapel Lane junction with the Bristol Road. Before this was one way, but it is now bi-directional as well. Speed limit of 20 mph. Former Frankie & Benny's restaurant on the right.

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Bristol Road beyond Chapel Lane

No longer bus stop outside of the ex Frankie & Benny's. But there is some new cycle racks. TouchBase Pears up ahead on the right.

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The pop up cycle lane that is now on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak near TouchBase Pears. Up ahead is the new Sainsbury's and Unite student accommodation at the Selly Oak Shopping Park.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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23 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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What to do with Selly Oak Triangle: new public square or a park?

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I am strongly against the building of yet another unwanted student accommodation block in Selly Oak. The student population for the University of Birmingham in the area is high enough as it is, and the area does not need another student prison to be built. Selly Oak Triangle is currently having the bypass extension roadworks overrunning due to the pandemic. Traffic issues as well.

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I am strongly against the building of yet another unwanted student accommodation block in Selly Oak. The student population for the University of Birmingham in the area is high enough as it is, and the area does not need another student prison to be built. Selly Oak Triangle is currently having the bypass extension roadworks overrunning due to the pandemic. Traffic issues as well.


SELLY OAK TRIANGLE

Ever since Sainsbury's moved out of their old Selly Oak supermarket building at the end of 2018, to the new Selly Oak Shopping Park, the old building has been boarded up and been a target for graffiti vandals. In 2020 there has been roadworks to extend the Selly Oak Bypass onto Harborne Lane (continuing on from the Aston Webb Boulevard which was completed in 2011). This was originally due to be completed in Summer 2020, but as of Autumn 2020 (due to the Pandemic and lockdowns) still has not been completed.

In late October 2020, Harborne Lane was turned into two way traffic, while Chapel Lane (near the Battery Retail Park) had way too many cars queuing up to the Bristol Road.

There is proposals to build yet another student accommodation block where the old Sainsbury's was. I say to Birmingham City Council to reject this proposal. Selly Oak does not need any more places to imprison students (especially right now during the Pandemic when they can't even go out anywhere).

Perhaps the Council could green light a new public square or park on the land. Or another supermarket.

It's the same with Shirley in Solihull, where idiot developers are planning to build more unwanted retirement villages (Shirley already has too many of them as it is).

 

SAINSBURYS'S

In 2012, I started to go to Sainsbury's Cafe at the Sainsbury's in Selly Oak, and continued to do so on and off until they closed down in 2018. Seen in June 2012, was this brick sculpture of an Oak tree. If demolished will this be saved or be a pile of bricks?

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The Sainsbury's logo on the Bristol Road side of the building.

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6 years before they moved, Sainsbury's spent a lot of money refurbishing the dated supermarket building. It looked nice, but wouldn't last.

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Harborne Lane

Selly Oak Triangle from the no 98 bus towards the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham during January 2014. This view towards the Bristol Road. This triangular island has now gone, used to be a pavement and some benches on it.

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The view towards Sainsbury's and it's car park. Beyond is the Battery Retail Park. When at the time Homebase, PC World & Curry's were over there.

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Sainsbury's closing down and moved out

By March 2018, signs went up saying that the Sainsbury's site was up for sale. At this point the supermarket was still open. They would move out once their new site was ready by November 2018.

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Pigeon's flying over Sainsbury's. A park or public square would be better for them than say an unwanted student block.

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In November 2018, I saw this "We're moving" sign outside of Sainsbury's from the Bristol Road in Selly Oak. The new Sainsbury's opened at the Selly Oak Shopping Park on Wednesday 21st November 2018. I've been a couple of times, but the cafe experience is a bit different to the old one. Plus it's a much larger supermarket.

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By February 2019, Sainsbury's had moved out months before. And graffiti vandals had started to tag the abandoned building. The car park was empty. This view from no 63 bus on the Bristol Road. At this point there was no plans for the site at the time.

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Selly Oak Bypass extension works

A sign I saw in August 2019 said that Selly Oak New Road Phase 1B would be completed by Summer 2020. But that was before the Virus Pandemic and lockdowns started.

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By early February 2020, more than a month before the first lockdown, the bypass extension works looked a far way off. This view from the no 63 bus on the Bristol Road near Harborne Lane. The triangular island had been dug up and removed. This was on the 2nd February 2020.

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One day later, I got this view from the top deck of the 11A bus on Harborne Lane, before it headed up Chapel Lane towards the Bristol Road. The bus stop was closed off, and the dead end section of road had been filled in and turned into a pavement. Seen on the 3rd February 2020.

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There was a raised wall around the former Sainsbury's car park. The pedestrian crossing here was closed off, also temporary traffic lights.

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There also used to be a small triangular tarmac island here that you could cross over, before these works, that's gone as well.

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By October 2020, the roadworks here were still not finished, as you can see from Harborne Lane. On the 10th October 2020, I again noticed that the former dead end section of road had been filled in and was now a pavement. Bus stop still closed off. Heavy traffic up Chapel Lane. View from the side window of the 11A bus (I rarely went upstairs on the bus between lockdown 1 and 2).

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There was big puddle outside of the closed bus stop. The traffic may have also been queuing to get into the Battery Retail Park, as well as waiting at the temporary lights on the Bristol Road junction with Chapel Lane.

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By the 26th October 2020, after leaving the Selly Oak Shopping Park, I was walking up to catch an 11A bus (or was hoping too). A sign mentioned that major night time works would be starting from 26/10/20 for 3 weeks.

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It also mentioned that Harborne Lane was now open to two way traffic from 25/10/20. Just look at that traffic up Chapel Lane. So bad.

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The view of Harborne Lane towards Oak Tree Lane. Most car drivers were still using Chapel Lane. Perhaps not aware that Harborne Lane was now open to two way traffic.

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Up Chapel Lane to the Bristol Road junction at Selly Oak Triangle. Temporary traffic lights on red. Barriers everywhere. Imagine how bad the traffic would be if developers got their greedy way and built a student accommodation eyesore to the right?

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I waited for an 11A on the Bristol Road, but I wasn't sure if one would come, then I caught a 63 to Longbridge, and a 45 from Longbridge to Cotteridge before I got an 11A home.

I would guess that the bypass extension will be completed now sometime in 2021. And from 2021, please can the Council listen to residents and reject the proposals for yet another student accommodation block. There is already loads up around the Aston Webb Boulevard, and those are closer to the University of Birmingham.

 

Update : Chapel Lane will be going to two way traffic from Monday 23rd November 2020. Speed limit will be at 20 mph. 

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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