This is how M6 junction 10 in Walsall could look after a new multi-million pound design to reduce congestion, increase safety and improve links for businesses was chosen.
Around 8,000 vehicles pass through the current junction, built in the 1960s but in need of extensive maintenance, every hour during peak periods but this new £64.5m scheme will increase its capacity to 10,500 vehicles per hour.
Two new bridges will be constructed, increasing the junction’s number of lanes from two to four while The Black Country Route (A454), a vital arterial carriageway which connects Walsall to Wolverhampton, will be widened from Junction 10 to the Bentley Mill Way bridge.
Enhancements will be made to the Wolverhampton Road and Bloxwich Lane junction and bosses say improvements will also be carried out to pedestrian and cycle facilities at the junction.
Councillor Lee Jeavons, deputy leader and portfolio holder for transport and regeneration at Walsall Council said: “Of the two, this chosen design is seen as the most effective at reducing congestion, offers the best value for money and will improve safety for all road users.
“Changes to the roundabout will not only cut travel time for motorists but encourage businesses and jobs to stay in the region and not move elsewhere.
“Improving the road network in the area will support the Darlaston area of the Black Country Enterprise Zone, which totals around 45 hectares of land.”
Subject to getting planning permission and completing further preparatory work, the design, selected by Walsall Council and Highways England, could be a reality from 2020.
Building work on the project, jointly funded by Highways England and Walsall Council via the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, is expected to start on site in late 2018 and completed in around 2 years.
David Reed, Project Manager at Highways England, said: “Highways England and Walsall Council are both committed to cutting congestion and improving safety at M6 Junction 10.
“Working in partnership we have developed a design that will deliver more reliable journey times and, at the same time, provide a significant boost to the Midlands economy.”
Members of the public will be able to see the design in person at three information events this month:
- Wednesday, February 15 at the Village Hotel (2-8pm)
- Monday, February 20 at the Holiday Inn (12-4pm)
- Saturday, February 25 at Boundary Mill (11-2pm)