Work due to start on £4.8m road improvement scheme

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A £4.8million scheme to improve a key transport route is due to begin later this year.

Residents are being invited to two drop-in events to find out more about the project to upgrade junctions along the A1056 at Sandy Lane.

The scheme – backed by external funding – aims to reduce congestion, improve journey times, enhance access to Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and support the growth of Indigo Business Park.

The events will take place at the John Willie Sams Centre, Market Street, Dudley, from noon to 8pm on Thursday, August 20, and from 10am to 6.30pm on Friday, August 21.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for transport, said: “In order to minimise congestion, improve journey times and road safety it is vital that this work is carried out.

“It will also be excellent news for people working on, or accessing, the businesses at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and the Indigo Business Park.”

The scheme proposals include signalising the junction at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, replacing the A1056/B1318 roundabout with traffic lights, and providing two lanes northbound on the A1056 Great North Road between Rotary Way and the B1318.

It is expected that work will start in autumn 2015 to improve access to Sandy Lane Industrial Estate. Other work is planned for 2016 and 2017.

For more information, contact (0191) 643 4804 or email mark.irving3@capita.co.uk