Castle Bromwich

Published on October 15th, 2014 | by admin


Road improvement works start in Castle Bromwich

Work is due to commence soon on the Hurst Lane Place Project in Castle Bromwich.

The £1.3 million project is aiming to improve the section of the Chester Road around the Hurst Lane North junction. The scheme will provide improvements to reduce the dominance of road traffic and an improved and more balanced environment for all road users, particularly for pedestrians.

Following a positive response to the consultations carried out earlier in the year, the Hurst Lane Place works are due to start on Monday 20 October 2014.

The project will provide additional and improved on-street parking for use by visitors and shoppers; better crossing facilities for pedestrians crossing Chester Road & Hurst Lane North; two raised mini-roundabout junctions as well as some road narrowing to reduce traffic speeds and provide more space for pedestrians.

Outdated street lighting and traffic signals will be replaced with up-to-date technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The works will also enhance the overall quality and feel of the area with enhanced paving and the creation of a wide area of public space for people to move through or to sit outside and enjoy the area.

The Council recently appointed Balfour Beatty Living Places as the main contractor to co-ordinate and carry out the works which will be delivered in phases to minimise disruption and inconvenience to residents, businesses and through traffic. The works will be suspended throughout December during the lead up to Christmas.

During the first phase of the works additional parking spaces will be provided in the Service Road fronting the shops and businesses along the north side of Chester Road. This phase is expected to be complete by the end of November 2014, making the additional parking spaces available for use by visitors and customers of local businesses.

Phase 2 works will commence on Monday 5 January 2015 and will then continue until the end of March.

Councillor Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “We’ve listened carefully to residents and businesses in the area and this project is about making this part of a busy section of the Chester Road a space for people and not just a place for movement of traffic. The works will encourage lower traffic speeds and will better meet the needs of pedestrians and cyclists to feel safe moving through the area.”

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