£14m investment set to improve Wolverhampton highway network


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In Summary

General | 12th June 2019
City of Wolverhampton Council set for next phase of capital funded projects to continue to develop and maintain the city’s highway network for the next financial year and future years.

In Detail

The Transportation Capital Programme has been developed in conjunction with the council’s regional partners, to identify key transport priorities, supporting regeneration in the City of Wolverhampton.

Planned improvements aim to reduce congestion, improve air quality and tackle road safety concerns. Plans also include better access to development sites to encourage economic growth in the city.

Alongside major project works, general maintenance will continue to city highways and further development to improve pedestrian routes.

Completed improvement schemes in 2018-2019 include the City North Gateway Phase 1 (Stafford Road) project, giving better connections to the motorway network and the installation of average speed enforcement cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour and reduce road casualties across the Black Country.

Improvements to the city’s cycle network has also inspired more people to take up cycling, contributing to a more sustainable city.

Moving forward, works will be underway to support regeneration projects such as Westside link and City East Gateway and the installation of Electric Vehicle Charging points and LED street lighting will support the city’s ambition to become a cleaner, greener city.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “I am pleased to see our transport network continuing to make way for smoother journeys and better connections throughout the city.

“Whether you’re driving, cycling, walking or using public transport, the Transportation Capital Programme will greatly benefit residents, businesses and visitors to Wolverhampton and build on the extensive investments already delivered.

“An efficient, safe and smooth flowing highway network is an essential element of economic productivity and social wellbeing.

“We all know that resources are scarce so we do prioritise and focus our efforts to try and achieve maximum benefit. We must also continue to make the most of the investment opportunities available to enhance and improve the city’s road network as well as supporting businesses to help achieve our ultimate regeneration ambitions.

“With such a significant level of investment in our transport network, there will inevitably be a degree of disruption whilst this invaluable work is carried out. Rest assured we will continue to work with all stakeholders to keep this to an absolute minimum to enable smoother journeys ahead for everyone.”

Planned improvements are pending approval and will be discussed at City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Resources Panel on Tuesday 18 June.