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Fordbridge is a civil parish and suburb between Kingshurst and Chelmsley Wood in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, which is in the West Midlands county, 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.
The area falls within the borders of North Solihull, parts of which are currently undergoing a £1.8 billion regeneration project. Many people in Fordbridge don't 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".
Fordbridge gets its name from the crossing over the River Cole on Cooks Lane, which was referenced to as "Ford Bridge" on 19th century OS maps. This name suggests this site was previously a ford, but eventually a bridge was built on the site of that ford, thus giving the bridge and ultimately the civil parish its name.
Fordbridge lies in-between 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
- 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 R C Primary School
- Kingfisher Primary School
National Express West Midlands 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 Drive is served by the 97 and 14 routes. 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 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 as well as some services to London Euston station.
Fordbridge is also served by a local sports centre called the 'North Solihull Sports Centre'.
In the British House of Commons, Fordbridge is in the Meriden constituency. Its current Member of Parliament, since 1997, is Caroline Spelman of the Conservative Party, although Fordbridge itself is a traditionally Labour area.
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