Lichfield Southern Bypass opens to traffic

Clive Thomson, Head of Specialist Highway Services, and Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways, at the new Lichfield Southern Bypass

Clive Thomson, Head of Specialist Highway Services, and Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways, at the new Lichfield Southern Bypass

Lichfield’s multi million pound southern bypass is opening to traffic.

Today (February 10th) will see the first cars travel along the new road, which links the A461 Walsall Road through Friary Roundabout on the Birmingham Road in order to serve the Darwin Park housing estate.

The junction with Clay Pit Lane and Fosseway Lane is also being re-opened at the same time as the bypass.

Staffordshire Highways, part of Staffordshire County Council, designed and built the £2.1 million scheme which was funded by a consortium of developers.

County councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways, has now unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. The nameplate has been attached to Sandfields Railway Bridge which was built on the line of the mothballed Lichfield to Walsall freight railway line.

Councillor Maryon said:

“This historic city has benefited from a wave of new development in recent years which has brought with it the chance to boost the existing infrastructure and to create new infrastructure, including the Lichfield Southern Bypass, to support this growth. It will ease the flow of traffic in and around the city for generations to come.”

Local county councillor Terry Finn added:

“The Lichfield Southern Bypass is a major scheme which will have a really positive impact on reducing congestion by linking the Darwin Park housing estate with other parts of the area. I would like to thank the people of Lichfield for their patience while this important work has been carried out.”

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