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New Lichfield Southern Bypass will help unlock further growth in the city, says Staffordshire councillor

Councillors say a new £17.5million road project in Lichfield will unlock further growth in the city.

Cllr Mark Winnington

Cllr Mark Winnington

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s leader for economic growth, revealed work had begun to buy up land along the route of the Lichfield Southern Bypass which will connect the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road.

The project – which is due for completion in 2020 – will see an underpass built beneath the cross city railway line.

The new road will also support a new housing development and new primary school, with councillors hopeful the route will also ease city centre congestion.

Cllr Winnington said: “Completing the final section of the Lichfield Southern Bypass between Birmingham Road and London Road is an essential part of Lichfield’s growth plans.

“It will support future development contained in the Local Plan – notably the delivery of new homes and businesses, office and retail space.

“This final section of the route, which is being funded through a mix of private and public investment, will help to deliver millions of pounds worth of future investment in Lichfield while improving traffic flow around the city and helping to reduce congestion which restricts business growth.”

Work on the new road could begin in the summer of 2018 if planning permission is granted early next year.

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9 Comments

  1. Burntwood Bloke

    20th December, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    The residents of Shortbutts Lane will no doubt be rejoicing. The amount of traffic that cuts down there is pretty bonkers.

  2. apple9686

    20th December, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    All your doing is Adding to the Congestion.Building to much too quickly in a area that can’t cope with it.

  3. Concerned Citizen

    20th December, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    How can it be a by-pass when the land either side will be residential? Also where does it lead? There is no link to the Ashbourne Rd or Eastern Avenue area….or is there but the councils have not told us yet??

  4. Roy Appleby

    21st December, 2017 at 9:10 am

    We have an eastern bypass and a western bypass.The SCC still don’t “encourage traffic” especially HGVs to use them. Traffic are still using the town centre road as a thoroughfare. That’s why the town centre is gridlocked all the time. The southern bypass might and I mean might ease upper john st traffic. That’s it. Then you have all the residents of all the new developments around Lichfield trying to get to the town centre. Good Luck !!

    http://www.l-a-g.co.uk

  5. Philip John

    21st December, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Lichfield needs this! Anyone who conjures commutes by car will know how for up Lichfield can get, and this will help.

    I hope that the plans are looked at again. The junction with London road was was far too close to the existing crossroads and looked certain to create a horrible double-junction fiasco.

    I’m really hoping that as many people pitch in and help the Lichfield canal project to reach the £1m they need to get a canal tunnel included in this bypass project. Donate now!

  6. Deb

    21st December, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    This isn’t the final section though, if you look at a map of Lichfield what is needed to complete the ring road is a road linking Limburg Avenue to Eastern Avenue, around the back of Leamonsley; this will enable traffic to avoid using Walsall Road. The “new” traffic roundabout already has a link to this future road.

  7. Steve

    21st December, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    @Burntwood Bloke. Last I heard, they were blocking off the London Rd end of Shortbutts Lane, when they start this development.

    https://planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=LZFNE8JE05C00

  8. Phil

    15th January, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Why don’t they just widen Knowledge Lane and put a roundabout either end? This would avoid a double junction close to the Shell garage.

  9. Phil

    17th January, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Knowle Lane! Flippin’ autocorrect.