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Burnt Tree and Airport / NEC major schemes get approval (06-07-2006)

BURNT TREE ISLAND, SANDWELL & DUDLEY

The existing five arm juntion is a major bottleneck for two key Black Country strategic access routes: Wolverhampton – Birmingham, and Walsall – Dudley – Stourbridge.  The junction is at the cross-roads of links to many Black Country employment sites and has to cope with large volumes of HGVs.  The geometry of the roundaboput has insufficient capacity for heavy traffic flows, a poor accident record and lacks pedestiran / cycle facilities.

The approval of the Scheme by the Secretary of State, will allow the alteration of the roundabout to a four-arm traffic signal arrangment.  This will improve capacity, allow for bus priority, improve journey reliability and provide controlled crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists.

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT / NEC

In partnership with BIA and the NEC, this Scheme will improve public transport access with new bus lanes, a public transport hub / interchange, real time information, SMS messaging and infrastructure upgrades on routes serving the area, including the link with Coleshill Multi-Modal Interchange Major Scheme that was provisionally approved in 2003.