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Busy Walsall routes given £500,000 boost…

Submitted by on January 11, 2014 – 8:30 am |

Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro’s lead memberMore than £500,000 has been spent on improving traffic flow along some of Walsall’s busiest roads as part of a carbon busting project.

Transport authority Centro teamed up with Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to identify key congested routes in the borough.

This includes the No 4 bus route which connects Walsall to the shopping and employment centres of West Bromwich, Blackheath and Brierley Hill.

Other changes were also made along well used roads linking Walsall to Darlaston and Wednesbury.

Over the last 12 months a package of measures has been introduced along the routes to speed up journey times, improve bus reliability and cut congestion.

Changes made include:

  • Improvements to traffic junctions
  • Changes to pedestrian crossings to improve walking access to local facilities
  • Installing intelligent traffic signals

The money comes from Centro’s Smart Network, Smarter Choices project which aims to cut carbon, boost the economy and connect residents to jobs.

Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro’s lead member for fair, accessible and sustainable transport, said: “This work will improve travel for those using public transport and cut congestion for essential road users like buses and hauliers.

“These measures should really help improve journeys for Walsall people wanting to get to and from key areas like West Bromwich, Blackheath and Brierley Hill.

“Delivering people into the heart of these centres means that we can support the economy by better connecting residents to jobs and making it easier for people to visit popular shopping areas.”

The work also includes upgrading four pedestrian crossings to puffins to help improve safety for those travelling on foot and to cut down on traffic delay for buses and motorists.

Traffic lights at the crossings have been fitted with energy efficient LED lights which last longer and reduce the need for engineers to visit the sites to replace traditional bulbs.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration and transport at Walsall Council, said: “As a council it’s one of our top priorities to create safe and sustainable places for people in Walsall.

“These measures will improve access to other key Black Country centres for Walsall residents and provide improved links for work, shopping and leisure.

“Keeping traffic moving at key points on the network, including the popular No 4 bus route will also help reduce congestion and energy consumption at traffic signals.”

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