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Congestion busting plans for Blackheath
1:53pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
PLANS have been drawn up to ease congestion in Blackheath, which could include a one-way system and the replacement of the central roundabout with traffic lights.
Funding bids to develop a scheme for the town centre have failed over recent years, but options are being put out to consultation, in readiness for future funding opportunities.
Sandwell Council has worked with Centro in drawing up the plans which aim to increase the reliability of bus services, which are frequently delayed due to congestion.
A report by Nick Bubalo, area director for regeneration and economy, said: “Blackheath is an important interchange within Sandwell and congestion and loading problems can impact on bus reliability and timekeeping.”
He said through traffic that adds to the congestion could be re-routed onto the Blackheath bypass, Birmingham Road and Long Lane could become one-way, the direction of traffic flow in Oldbury Road reversed and the central roundabout replaced with traffic lights.
Mr Bubalo said this would enable bus stops to be provided on Birmingham Road and Oldbury Road for all services that pass through Blackheath.
He added: “Despite the lack of success in attracting funding to develop a scheme for Blackheath town centre, the council and Centro would be better placed to take advantage of future opportunities for funding as they are announced if stakeholder consultation is carried out soon.”
Cabinet member for highways and economy Councillor Maria Crompton has given the go-ahead for the consultation, results of which will be reported back at a future date.