Weâ€™ve recently closed the footpath that runs across the junction, so we can safely start work to widen the A454 Wolverhampton Road West, the slip roads and the roundabout itself. This closure was originally scheduled for the 13 July 2020, but we needed to carry out additional vegetation clearance on the alternative route to ensure it is safe to use. The footpath will be closed until August 2021.
An alternative route is available via Bloxwich Lane, Churchill Road and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, which is a route we have recently improved. Please view our map for the alternative route.
Weâ€™ve also closed the footpath on the Wolverhampton Road from Pisces Fish and Chip shop, up to Tempus Drive. This will be closed for 6 weeks and an alternative pedestrian route is available.
Since February, we have completed vegetation clearance around the junction. Weâ€™ve also carried out non-intrusive surveys of buried existing services such as electricity, gas, BT using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to verify their locations. Currently, we have three drilling and grouting rigs on site that are grouting redundant mines below the new bridges and retaining walls. This will ensure that the ground is stable and secure for when we put the new bridges in.
Weâ€™ve also started construction of our main site compound, which will be in John Hillâ€™s yard to the east of the junction.
Weâ€™ve closed one lane on the M6, through the junction to allow us enough working space to enable the construction of the new bridge abutments.
View an image of how the works are progressing
Over the next few months weâ€™ll be:
- moving the traffic signals so we can make alterations to the roundabout
- piling work for the new bridges on the M6
- working on the Black country route to allow an additional lane westbound
- carrying out preparation work for the retaining walls on all four slip roads
|December 2015||Public consultation|
|Summer 2017||Planning process|
|July 2019||Secretary of State confirmed Orders|
|February 2020||Start of main works|
|Spring 2022||End of construction|
Why we need this scheme
The 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.
We're 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.
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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