Two years ago, Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom urged local residents to have their say in connection with the proposed multi-million pound scheme to improve the main traffic route on the A452 Chester Road between Tyburn Road and junction five of the M6 - with major changes planned at busy Spitfire Island, Castle Vale. Now Liberal Democrat transport minister Susan Kramer has confirmed the proposals have been approved and the Coalition government is contributing £8.5 million pounds towards the cost.
Ann Holtom has welcomed the announcement as good news for local businesses, as well as improving traffic flows and increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The works will take about a year to complete and there will be disruption to traffic while they are being done.
The scheme will see improvements made to the M6 Junction 5 roundabout, including new traffic signals and widening of the carriageway, with improvements to Spitfire Island roundabout which connects Chester Road and Fort Parkway, including traffic signals and carriageway widening.
The existing dual carriageway between the Chester Road and Fort Parkway, and Chester Road and Kingsbury Road roundabouts will also be widened to accommodate three lanes. Chester Road and Kingsbury Road, and Chester Road and Tyburn Road roundabouts will also be upgraded.