The first vehicles have travelled on the final section of Lichfield’s £17.5million southern bypass after it opened to traffic for the first time.

Richard Harris (Amey), Satnam Rana-Grindley (Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership), Cllr David Williams, Stephen Cleveley Persimmon Homes, Christine Bull (Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust) and Cllr Colin Greatorex

The new section of road connecting the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road opened today (15th October).

The project has taken two and a half years to complete and will also see the road serve a new housing development.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Cllr David Williams said:

“Completion of the final section of the Lichfield Southern Bypass is a significant marker and spur for the future regeneration of the city.

“It really will make a big difference – reducing city centre congestion, enabling housing development and helping to attract more investment

“It’s fantastic to mark the occasion with our partners and open up to traffic after two-and-a-half years. Notably this has been done safely through the pandemic period which is a credit to everyone involved.

“Working with partner organisations has been critical to the delivery of this scheme and we’d also like to thank residents and businesses for their patience while work was carried out.

“We can now look forward to the great benefits it will bring to the city.”

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council

The scheme has been funded by Persimmon Homes, the Department for Transport and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The project also saw work carried out to enable the future restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal.

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for economic development, leisure and Local Plan, said:

“We are all delighted the final section of the southern bypass is complete and now open.

“This was a complex project and is an example of great partnership working, including allowing for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal route to be incorporated into the plans.”

Cllr Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council

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  1. Ohhh wonderful!!! “Enabling housing development” where do these people come from ? There again we would be silly to think the bypass was just that and not an excuse to build more houses.

  2. Yippee! I bet all the wildlife that had their habitat destroyed and concreted over will be overjoyed with this momentous occasion.

  3. Two new headlines grace your site today:

    The commitment to tackling the climate change emergency and increasing pollution shown by Staffordshire County Council is crystal clear with the opening of Axton Ave (the so called Southern Bypass). This route is designed to run through the heart of the City largely at 40 mph, delivering extensive light, air and noise pollution to hundreds of resident’s doorsteps, all day and all night from London Rd, along Axton Ave, Falkland Rd, St Foy Ave turning lefrt onto the A51 and leaving Lichfield by Townfields and The Hedgehog towards Rugeley. The Highways dept. at SCC are encouraging heavy traffic away from the real bypasses, already built to course noisily and polluting through Lichfield’s residential areas.

    All the fields are being built on, and more will be given up for logistics warehouses. This road was built on the ‘Darwin’ walk, felling all the memorial trees and historic hedges without a murmour, St John’s natural spring diverted into a drain!

    It is the utter desecration of the area, not one single hedge or tree as yet replaced or offset, let alone the ancient Ash tree, beloved by owls and us, felled to make space for a temporary marketing suite, since packed up.

    There is nothing to celebrate here, the coterie gathered alone unwatched under the new railway bridge congratulating themselves over the further destruction of what used to be greenbelt land. You can’t beat climate change by building new roads.

  4. Great . But now the public have to contend with 49 weeks of disruption and traffic lights on the a5127 to service the new housing estate. So we won’t even be able to access this new bypass for a long time .

  5. It’s not a bypass! A bypass doesn’t enable housing development it bypasses all the housing. The clue is in the name. If you build a road then out hundreds of houses along it, that’s not a bypass.

  6. This is a typical Lichfield project. Soon, there will be complaints, that there are too many pinch points. There are massive tailbacks, due to increased traffic volume being funnelled into a small area. Accidents, will cause total gridlock.

    The new layout will also create a massive risk to pupils crossing the road from King Edwards.

    The council will then have to redesign the road layout and spend millions doing so. Developers will mention this fantastic piece of tarmac, on every planning application.

  7. Before long, Lichfield will join up with Burntwood on one side and Burton and Tamworth on the other. Where will it end? Bloody Legoland houses in every direction, total eyesore

  8. Another housing developement ,but no extra doctors surgeries,no extra schools ,already so much congestion in lichfield ,tried to visit tescos on sat,all roads in and out at a standstill ,no movement probably caused by new parking charges which tesco now has in place all because ldc passed all city parking to an outside company that has not got one good revue.another bad choice by LDC.

  9. A complete debacle by probably the worst council in the UK,.completely agree with all comments posted. Lichfield and local area is being ruined and destroyed

  10. Thanks to Staffordshire County Council and their highways department for diverting hardworking tax payers money to a pointless and unwelcomed housing development when the roads in the city and surround districts are in an appalling state of disrepair.
    Shame on you all

  11. I’ve literally had as much as I can take from LDC and SCC. Being completely honest here, I haven’t spoken to ONE person who thinks Lichfield is heading in the right direction. NOT ONE, and the tone of comments here suggest that the general consensus is, enough is enough.

    So, who is all this for, if the overwhelming majority of Lichfield residents don’t want Lichfield turned into the a huge mass of concrete?!

    This bypass and the current housing debacle is the vanity project of one Ian Eadie. It has to stop. Nobody wants it apart from him. This is the same guy who decided not to make housing developers sign up to a carbon neutral policy – as part of the planning process. The guy is unhinged.

    What do we do to stop it? It’s getting utterly ridiculous and, I’m seriously considering leaving Lichfield – having been born here and lived her all my life. My family and friends are all here, and I work in and around the city but, it’s being systematically destroyed.

    It’s so depressing.

  12. To be fair to LDC this southern by pass has been planned for many years. That said it was not intended as an access road to yet more new housing.
    I do agree with those that say the amount of housing around here is incredible – everywhere you look houses are springing up…and they all look to be the same design -do we have a shortage of architects or just imagination? I had to go in to Fradley over the weekend – yet more houses – a lot of them – and few facilities!
    Add in to all the house building the disruption for the HS2 route (which is now too late to stop!) and Lichfield is a pretty dismal place at the moment

  13. Darren, we vote them all out at the next election and tell them why. Stand for election ourselves or vote for someone who will act in Lichfield’s best interests. It’s as simple as that.

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