We have decided to take forward option 1b for this scheme. We will now work with Walsall Planning Authority to gain planning approval, with the aim of starting construction in 2018.
We invite you to come along to one of our public information events to view our plans and discuss the reasons why we have selected our design option:
- Wednesday 15 Feb 2-8pm - Village Hotel, Tempus Ten, Walsall, WS2 8TJ
- Monday 20 Feb 12-4pm - Holiday Inn, W'ton Road West, Walsall, WS2 0BS
- Saturday 25 Feb 11am to 2pm - Boundary Mill, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE
The planning process will start during summer 2017. Walsall Planning Authority is required to undertake a formal period of public consultation, prior to deciding the outcome of the planning application.
Anyone can respond to a planning consultation, even if they are not directly affected. We'll let you know here when you can comment and you'll also see the dates in the local press.
If we are successful in gaining planning approval, we will work up a final detailed design of the scheme. We anticipate that construction of the scheme will start in 2018, take approximately 2 years to build, and will be open to traffic during 2020.
|Public consultation||December 2015|
|Planning process||Summer 2017|
|Start of construction||2018|
|Open for traffic||2020|
Why we need this schemeThe M6 junction 10 currently experiences significant congestion and traffic delays, particularly during morning and evening peak times. Road capacity problems have been identified as one of the main transport issues facing the Black Country within the West Midlands Local Transport Plan. Highways England is working collaboratively with Walsall council to deliver the scheme within the current budget and to meet commitments made in our Delivery Plan and Walsall Councilâ€™s major transport scheme priorities for the period 2015-19.
The scheme in detail
Here is the design option we will take forward for this scheme.
During 2016 we carefully assessed 2 design options for this scheme:
- Option 1a: Two new straight four lane bridges Option 1b: Two new curved four lane bridges
We asked your views in December 2015 and 92% of you said that you wanted to see an improvement at this roundabout, with a preference for Option 1b. We took these views into account in our technical assessment.
We decided to take option 1b forward because it would:
- be most effective at reducing congestion
- offer the best value for money
- be a lower cost to build
- offer the best improvement in terms of road safety
- provide easier and safer movement for pedestrians and cyclists
AimsThe aims of the scheme are to:
- reduce congestion, rat-running and queues to create a freer-flowing road network
- support economic growth by improving access to motorways and Walsall Enterprise Zone sites, attracting new business and development to the area
- provide a safe, well maintained road network
- avoid future major maintenance by replacing the bridges now
- improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders at the junction
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