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Fordbridge
Population 8,479 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Fordbridge
Metropolitan borough
  • Solihull
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIRMINGHAM
Postcode district B37
Dialling code 0121
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Meriden
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England
West Midlands
52°29′02″N 1°44′56″W / 52.484°N 1.749°W / 52.484; -1.749Coordinates: 52°29′02″N 1°44′56″W / 52.484°N 1.749°W / 52.484; -1.749

Fordbridge is a civil parish in England between Kingshurst and Chelmsley Wood in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, which is in the West Midlands and also part of the West Midlands conurbation. It is 8 miles (13 km) east of Birmingham city centre. It has a town council. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 8,749. Fordbridge lies within the historic county of Warwickshire.

The area falls within the borders of North Solihull, parts of which are currently undergoing a £1.8 billion regeneration project. Many inhabitants of Fordbridge do not recognise it as a distinct area, instead classing it as part of the larger Chelmsley Wood Estate. The area around the eastern end of Cooks Lane is also often referred to as "Bacon's End".

Transport

West Midlands Travel operate a number of buses in and around the Fordbridge area. The Cooks lane area is served by the 94, 55 and 71 bus services while Bosworth Road is served by the 97. Close by is Chelmsley Wood shopping centre which hosts a wide range of transport options. Buses are available to and from Solihull Town Centre, Coleshill, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham City Centre, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham International Airport.

The closest railway station is Marston Green, around a mile away. From there, there are trains to Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, and stations in Coventry.

Leisure

Fordbridge is also served by a local sports centre called the 'North Solihull Sports Centre'.

Education

Fordbridge lies inbetween a number of schools in the surrounding areas. Schools in and around the local area include:

Nearby Secondary Schools

  • Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst
  • John Henry Newman Catholic College
  • Grace Academy (Solihull)
  • Smiths Wood Sports College
  • Park Hall Academy
  • The Coleshill School
  • Tile Cross Academy

Also close by in Smith's Wood is the Solihull College Woodlands Campus.

Primary schools

  • Fordbridge Community Primary School
  • St Anne's Catholic Primary School
  • Bishop Wilson Church of England Nursery, Infant, and Junior School
  • Kingshurst Primary School
  • Saint Anthony's Catholic Primary School
  • St John The Baptist RC Primary School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
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