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£85K scheme to cut congestion at Great Barr junctions

Published 16th October 2017

Work on an £85,000 scheme to improve traffic flow at two Great Barr road junctions starts this weekend.

The traffic signals and control boxes at the Scott Arms junction and the junction of the A34 Birmingham Road and Chapel Lane are being upgraded so they can be wirelessly controlled.
Work will start on the Scott Arms junction on Saturday 21 October and should be completed by Wednesday 25 October. During the work, the junction will be controlled by temporary traffic lights and lane closures.
Lane closures will be restricted to off peak times during weekdays while the work is being done.
Work will then start at the Chapel Lane junction on Wednesday 25 October and should be completed by Saturday 29 October.  Temporary signals will also be in use.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor David Hosell said: “Everyone knows these are busy junctions and whatever we can do to improve congestion here is going to benefit a lot of drivers.
“This work will mean we can remotely control the lights when there is a crash or breakdown, or if traffic is heavy for another reason.
“There may be some queues during the work but the long-term benefits will outweigh any temporary inconvenience. We’ve organised this work to happen over weekends and during half-term when there tends to be less traffic on the roads.
“I’d ask drivers to bear with us while we do this vital work.”
The scheme is being funded by the National Productivity Investment Fund and is part of a £272,000 pot to install wireless controls at busy junctions.