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Birchley Island improvements

Birchley Island

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The major highway scheme plans to widen each arm of Birchley Island, widen both roundabouts and the link road between them. 

Coordinated traffic signals linked to queue monitoring on all approaches will efficiently manage traffic through the increased road space and improve capacity. In addition to this, the signal controls will link improved routes for cyclists and pedestrians.

The major scheme at Birchley Island will improve road safety for all who use the route and will please reduce congestion around the roundabout and along connecting routes. 

The new design will cut waiting times at the junction, reducing emissions from queuing traffic. This will result in improvements in local air quality and Sandwell's reductions in NO2 emissions will contribute towards meeting the Government’s national targets for air quality and climate change.

The project is estimated to cost a total of £30.2million with the council pledging £3.18million. Sandwell Council has been asked to submit a business case to the Department for Transport and if approved, work could start in 2022. It is estimated the improvements will take two to three years to construct.

More details about Birchley Island Improvements

Improvements that will be made to Birchley Island with text alternative on webpage

 

Location 1 - Birchfield Lane Going towards and from the direction of Blackheath

  • Added a fourth lane to the roundabout approach to increase capacity whilst minimising queue lengths
  • Segregated shared cycle track/footway added to the west side of the roundabout approach
  • Segregated shared cycle track/footway added to the east side of the exit 
  •  Controlled Crossings added across the approach to and exit from the roundabout

Location 2 - Wolverhampton Road going towards and from the direction of Tividale/Dudley

  • Increased the length of the 3 lane to increase capacity and reduce queue lengths
  • Segregated shared cycle track/footway added to the east of the approach to the roundabout
  • Realigned exit to increase available space for queuing traffic on the roundabout
  • Added Segregated shared cycle track/footway to the west of the exit from the roundabout
  • Controlled Crossings added across the approach to and exit from the roundabout

Location 3 - Churchbridge going towards and from the direction of Oldbury

  • Additional lane added from Park Street junction to Birchley Island approach, providing 4 lanes at the roundabout
  • Added segregated shared cycle track/footway to east of the roundabout approach
  • Realigned exit to allow for extra lane on approach carriageway
  •  Added Segregated shared cycle track/footway to west of the exit
  • Controlled Crossings added across the approach to and exit from the roundabout

Location 4 - Access to and from the motorway M5 - junction 2

  • Added a fourth lane to the Birchley roundabout approach to increase capacity whilst minimising queue lengths
  • Exit from Birchley roundabout towards M5 Junction 2 has been widened to 4 lanes to increase capacity
  • Controlled Crossings added across the approach to and exit from the roundabout

Location 5 - Wolverhampton Road going towards and from the direction of Langley/Brandhall/Smethwick

  • Third approach lane lengthened significantly to improve capacity and reduce queue lengths
  • Added Segregated shared cycle track/footway to west of approach
  • Realigned exit to accommodate additional space for queuing traffic on the roundabout and provide right turn filter lane into commercial area 
  • Added Segregated shared cycle track/footway to east of exit
  • Controlled Crossings added across the approach to and exit from the roundabout

Location 6 - the centre of the roundabout

  • Carriageway widened to increase space for queuing traffic on the roundabout
  • New segregated shared cycle track/footway added to outside of the roundabout to complete connectivity of the cycle and pedestrian provision.

Location 7 - Roundabout at the motorway junction

M5 Junction 2 – Carriageway widened on inside to 5 lanes to increase capacity and reduce queuing on the upstream approaches