City of Wolverhampton Council is investing £480,000 to make improvements to unsightly, damaged barriers and overgrown vegetation along the central reservation of a major arterial route.

Work to replace eyesore broken wooden fencing and a metal pedestrian barrier, install new kerbs and cut back overgrown planting along a section of the A449 Stafford Road between Bushbury Road Island and Oxley Moor Road junction will start on Monday (27 September). 

The works will require lane closures to protect workers on both the north and southbound sides of the road for the 12 week scheme, but the work will be done during off-peak hours (9.30am to 3pm) to minimise disruption. 

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for city environment and climate change, said: “This is one of main routes into the City of Wolverhampton and we are investing £480,000 to make improvements that will make it safer and enhance the appearance of this key arterial route. 

“There is old wooden fencing along part of the route which is in an extremely poor condition and in places it is covered with overgrown plants, there is a metal pedestrian barrier which is damaged and looks very tired with paint peeling off it. 

“Replacing all of these will really enhance the route and make it safer for motorists and pedestrians and I’m pleased to confirm that trees along the route are staying put. 

“We have programmed the works during off-peak hours to cause the minimum amount of disruption and we apologise in advance for any delays that are caused by this important scheme.”