The next phase of a road works scheme to support a major development will start later this month.

Temporary traffic arrangements will be in place on the Stafford Road (A449) and at Bee Lane at certain times over the next few weeks whilst resurfacing work takes place as part of the Vine Island highway improvement scheme.

It will be necessary to close Bee Lane completely at its junction with Stafford Road A449 from 7pm Friday 19 July to midnight Sunday 4 August. Diversion signs will be in place for drivers.

Access to all properties and businesses on Bee Lane will be maintained from Wood Lane and Cottage Lane.

Drivers wishing to access Bee Lane from the Stafford Road A449 will be diverted to the Three Tuns Roundabout and then diverted onto Wood Lane, and then to Bee Lane.

The junction at Bee Lane/Stafford Road A449 will reopen at midnight on Sunday 4 August. From this date, vehicles exiting Bee Lane onto Stafford Road A449 will be permanently restricted to left turn only towards the City Centre.

Bee Lane will continue to be accessible from Wobaston Road and Stafford Road, both northbound and southbound via the new roundabout.

In addition to the Bee Lane closure, a contraflow system will be in place on Stafford Road A449 on the following 2 weekends:

  • 7pm Friday 19 July - midnight Sunday 21 July
  • 7pm Friday 2 August - midnight Sunday 4 August

On these 2 weekends the normal flow of traffic on the Stafford Road A449 will be altered to a contraflow system between the BP Petrol Station and Newbury Road.

This will mean there will be no right turn into Wobaston Road for drivers on the Stafford Road coming from the direction of the M54.

However drivers coming from the direction of the city centre will be able to turn left into Wobaston Road when travelling along Stafford Road.

Drivers travelling on Wobaston Road heading towards the city centre will be diverted onto the Stafford Road A449, heading towards the M54 / Junction 2 roundabout and then back along the A449 towards the city centre.

Drivers can view the diversion routes by downloading an information leaflet at Type=links;Linkid=2140;Title=Road works;Target=_blank;. Alternatively, the leaflet is available from Wolverhampton Civic Centre's main reception.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise, said: "The overall scheme is progressing well and contractors are reporting that everything is on track for completion December 2013.

"This is a vital project to support the exciting i54 South Staffordshire development which is creating a host of economic benefits for the city.

"This work at Vine Island will ultimately result in the creation of a new roundabout that will help us cope with the anticipated increase in traffic.

"Diversion signs will be in place to help drivers during the temporary road layouts.

"I want to thank residents, businesses and motorists for bearing with us whilst we carry out these essential road works."

For general information on the scheme please visit Type=links;Linkid=2141;Title=i54 South Staffordshire;Target=_blank;, contact City Direct on 01902 551155 or email

  • released: Friday 12 July, 2013