Lichfield road junction set for £1.8million redevelopment

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Pipe Hill junction. Pic: Adrian Rothery / CC BY-SA 2.0

A £1.8million redevelopment of a road junction between Lichfield and Burntwood is set to take place in 2010.

The upgrade of the Pipe Hill intersection between the A5190 Lichfield Road and the A461 Walsall Road is due to start at the beginning of 2010.

The scheme will see the busy Lichfield Road realigned to meet the Walsall Road 350 metres further north at a brand new roundabout, replacing the existing four way traffic light controlled junction.

Once the new junction is complete the full length of the Lichfield Road from Burntwood to the junction will be regulated to a 50mph speed limit.

The new junction is also expected to tackle rush hour congestion and safety concerns at the notorious junction.

The key crossroads has seen 18 injuries as a result of accidents during the last five years, two of them serious.

County Councillor Erica Bayliss said:

“Safety is our top priority and this scheme really ticks that box. It is an extremely busy junction and, with ever increasing volumes of traffic on the roads, the fear of further accidents is a concern that we are determined to address. It is really positive news that the start date for this major project is now in sight.”

Staffordshire Highways has put the contract out to tender and a start date will be announced when the decision has been made. The project is expected to take around seven months to complete.

The work is also designed to protect the wildlife habitat that surrounds the existing junction. It is classified as a grade one Site of Biological Interest.

County Councillor Terry Finn added:

“The team has had to deal with some very difficult and time consuming issues in order to get this first class scheme off the ground. Environmental considerations have played a major role in the design to ensure that there are no detrimental effects on people living nearby the crossroads and that the woodland opposite is protected.”

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1 Comment

  1. Nigelloc

    17th November, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Its about time to this is much needed road improvment i was of of the 18 crashes 3 1/2 years ago hasen to say this one was not my fault i was the third car to be hit, also if they dont do some thing in shortbutts lane with the junction with pasco drive six colisions in the frost last winter to my knowledge.