One of the key stages of a multi-million pound road building scheme in Lichfield has been completed.

Work to build an underpass for the new stretch of the Lichfield Southern Bypass to go beneath the cross-city railway line has now been completed.

Construction crews installed the new railway bridge in a four-day period over Christmas.

It means the final stage of constructing the £17.5million road building scheme can now take place.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Cllr Mark Winnington, said:

Work taking place on the new Lichfield Southern Bypass

“The final section of the Lichfield Southern Bypass is vital for the city’s future growth – reducing congestion in the city centre, enabling development and helping to attract future investment.

“The scheme is progressing well and the work taking place over the Christmas period was a major engineering success.

“It involved a lot of careful planning and was completed on schedule. It was great to see the team in action when I visited the site – they have done a tremendous job.”

Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council

The next phase of the project will see the retaining walls under the bridge built to allow the site to be connected to the traffic island linking Birmingham Road and Falkland Road.

The new road will also link with a proposed housing development and a new primary school.

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for investment, economic growth and tourism, said:

A train passing over the new bridge

“For anyone who saw the work over Christmas to install the new rail bridge, they will have seen a crucial part of the project to deliver improvements for Lichfield take place.

“Once the new bypass is open we can look forward to the ability to direct traffic around, rather than through, our historic city centre. This offers better connections, and we will also see a new primary school, mixed use community hub with retail outlets and community use buildings, as well as cycle ways, open spaces for sport and children’s play areas, delivered for our district.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

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  1. No wonder they can’t afford a decent road surface on he Lichfield Burntwood road. Local residents have to suffer the appalling surface “ repair “ at the expense of money grabbing developers

  2. The main Lichfield Rd is a disgrace , but fear not this summer the new shopping centre in Cannock is opening and looks amazing so I’ll not need to shop in Lichfield again

  3. Councillor Winnington and Eadie, the so called Southern Bypass will achieve nothing in your hands as you have no idea how to manage roads. We have had bypasses around Lichfield for years. What have you done with them, Nothing!! The city will still be as congested as before because nothing will deter the traffic. The Southern Bypass is just another road servicing a housing estate.

  4. Roy….. The council and the likes of Mr.Eadie probably know that what is being done is flawed. On the so called bypass they were seduced by the £5,000,000 on offer. The practicalities were secondary.
    As with many issues there policy on this is to ride out the storm as it will eventually go away. The consequences will not ! That is no way to run a council. Mr Eadie talks as if he is reading from a travel brochure.

  5. Staffs County Councillor Mark Winnington & Lichfield District Councillor Iain Eadie are celebrating the erection of the new railway bridge over the route of the ‘Lichfield Southern Bypass’ claiming it will be ‘…vital for the citys future growth.’ Cllr Winnington & the new road ‘…offers better connections…’ Cllr Eadie.

    Thier neighbours & constituents who border the route of ‘Lichfields Southern Bypass’ are not celebrating! They are apprehensive of the real impact of this new road on their homes and community:

    Pollution of their air by Diesel particulates from the 40MPH traffic thundering past their back gardens where the children play, 24hrs a day.

    Grieving over the loss of the tree lined Darwin Walk ‘A Green Necklace around Lichfield’ buried under tarmacadum.

    The despoiling of former Green Belt land by a developer’s scheme of lowrise flats and high density housing.

    All this upheaval & loss of rural setting for a £17.5 million pound road to nowhere, it ends opposite the entrance to the Pertol Station on London Road, depositing all this new traffic to this already congested southern exit to the city!

    I’d ask these Councillors just to reflect on the bankrupt and discredited road building programme they are supporting, theirs is truly ‘A Road to Nowhere’.

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