City of Wolverhampton Council has completed a major road junction improvement scheme at the boundary of Wolverhampton and Dudley.

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The key project at the A4123 Birmingham New Road/Shaw Road junction will reduce traffic congestion, improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians, and address road safety concerns following several accidents at this location in the past.

Access to urban centres and new development sites has been improved by providing additional traffic capacity at what had become a bottleneck.

This has been achieved by developing new filter lanes from Birmingham New Road, new and improved pedestrian crossing facilities and new cycle infrastructure, as well as installing bus priority measures.

City of Wolverhampton Council worked in partnership with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver the project which will help unlock the development of housing on 6 sites - Bilston Urban Village and Ward Street in Wolverhampton, land off Darkhouse Lane and Peartree Lane in Coseley, Coseley Eco Park, and land off Bloomfield Road, Tipton.

The scheme also fits in with the 2 local authorities' economic and transportation priorities to link the surrounding communities with the retail and employment sectors by foot and cycle.

Gwyn James, City of Wolverhampton Council Head of Strategic Transport, said: "This was a key pinch point on the A4123 corridor that restricted access to a number of local development sites and strategic through routes, impacting on potential jobs and growth in the local area.

"I would like to thank everyone for their patience while the works took place.

"The improvements will make life easier for residents, commuters and businesses in Wolverhampton and Dudley."

  • released: Monday 22 May, 2017