Changes to key Walsall junction planned

Changes to key Walsall junction planned

A busy Walsall junction is set to be altered to improve traffic flow from the town centre under a £1.2m scheme, confirm Council bosses.

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A busy Walsall junction is set to be altered to improve traffic flow from the town centre under a £1.2m scheme, confirm Council bosses.

Enhancements will be made to the Mellish Road roundabout to reduce traffic onto one of Walsall’s busiest junctions which links Lichfield Street with the town centre. Under the plans, a new link road will be built to bridge the two arms of the Lichfield Road (A461), mitigating the need for vehicles to turn left at the roundabout when heading to Rushall. The improvements will also help increase capacity at the junction which was originally designed and built around 40 years ago.

Work is expected to start in early spring and be completed by the summer. A public information event has been arranged at The Butts Primary School, Teddesley Street on Wednesday 28th February between 4:15pm and 8:45pm for members of the public to view the plans.

The scheme is part of a programme of 4 major regeneration projects set for the borough, following a cash injection of around £918,000 awarded to the local authority from The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and £4.3 million from the Department for Transport National Productivity Investment Fund.

Councillor Lee Jeavons, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration and transport, said: “This administration has helped to secure this investment to make significant changes across the borough. In fact, we’re one of only 3 local authorities to be awarded this funding, alongside Birmingham and Solihull. Our canny investment has reaped this reward.

“Bloxwich North Railway Station is also planned to be extended as part of the programme where we’ll be increasing the number of car park spaces. Network Rail are electrifying the line to improve journey times between Bloxwich, Walsall and Birmingham and reduce noise and air pollution.

“The Park and Ride site currently offers 26 spaces but these are quickly filled and users very often have to park on local side streets, much to the annoyance of local residents. The site will be expanded to 56 spaces to ease this pressure. This is the largest car park that can be quickly delivered on Walsall council-owned land that is adjacent to the existing car park.”