An artist's impression of how the roads at Streethay will look when HS2 is built
An artist's impression of how the roads at Streethay will look when HS2 is built

A Lichfield councillor says the HS2 project should have been made to create an alternative exit off the A38 to avoid more than a year of disruption for motorists.

Work to take the high speed rail line under the carriageway at Streethay will see the southbound slip road shut for 15 months from August.

It will mean drivers having to travel to Swinfen or go via Fradley in order to reach Lichfield from the A38.

Cllr David Dundas, Lichfield City Council member for Chadsmead ward, said better planning could have mitigated the disruption.

“The closure of the Streethay slip roads from the A38 for 15 months will be a major inconvenience to many people, but could be avoided if the plan several decades ago could be implemented.

“This would have seen them build new slip roads from the A38 into and out of Cappers Lane, avoiding major traffic flows through Streethay.

“The slip road being closed for 15 months will cause significant traffic congestion within the city as traffic to and from the north will now have to either enter the city from the south via London Road, or double back along the A38 to exit into Cappers Lane, adding considerably to the travel time.”

Cllr David Dundas, Lichfield City Council

Cllr Dundas said that the plans to route traffic via Cappers Lane had been on the agenda even before high speed rail was on the agenda.

“Before the West Coast Main Line was expanded to four tracks, there was a plan to build a new exit and entrance from the A38 north into Cappers Lane, but this was not implemented.

“When the A38 bridge over the West Coast main line was expanded to accommodate the four tracks, the additional width to accommodate a new exit and entrance to the A38 was not built.

“After the four track was opened, a representative of Highways England admitted to me that they ‘missed a trick’ in not building the extra width of the bridge over the main line to allow the exit and entrance from the north into Cappers Lane.

“Building such an exit would greatly benefit the community of Streethay by removing the significant flow of trafic using the A38 and would complete the original plans for the intersection to and from the A38 to Cappers Lane.”

Cllr David Dundas, Lichfield City Council
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