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First West Midlands Pinch Point Improvement on M6 at junction 9 near Walsall

The Highways Agency is to start work on the first of the pinch point road improvement schemes that are to be delivered in the West Midlands in April.

Road improvement work planned on the M6 at junction 9 will help reduce congestion by upgrading the existing traffic signals, including new controllers, sensors and lights.

This work the first of a series of targeted improvements to the motorway and major all purpose trunk road network in the west midlands worth over £50 million, known as the ‘pinch point programme’. The programme is designed to benefit local economies, reduce bottlenecks and improve safety on the motorway and trunk road network and is a key part of the Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

Over the twelve months, people living in the West Midlands can also expect to see work start on road improvements at the following locations:

  • M6 junction 9, Walsall
  • A49/A438 Newmarket Street, Hereford
  • A5/A5148 Wall Island, Wall
  • A49/A465 Belmont Road junction, Hereford
  • M42 junction 10, Tamworth
  • A50/A500 Sideway Island, Stoke-on-Trent
  • A49/A4103 Starting Gate junction, Hereford
  • A5 Edgebold roundabout, Shrewsbury
  • M5 junction 4 widening, Bromsgrove
  • A5 Churncote Island, Shrewsbury
  • A49 Preston Boat, Shrewsbury
  • A5 Emstrey Island, Shrewsbury
  • M42 junction 9
  • M5 junction 2, Sandwell

Tim Harbot, Highways Agency Divisional Director for the Midlands, said, "This represents an additional investment of £400,000 on the motorway and major trunk road network in the area.

"These pinch point schemes will provide big returns by easing traffic flows and making journey times more reliable, helping to boost the local economy and drive economic growth”.

Stewart Towe CBE from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership added, "The work planned at junction 9 of the M6 supports access to nearby retail park and residential areas as well as Darlaston Enterprise Zone and potential housing developments.

"Improving the flow of traffic and easing congestion will make the West Midlands a more attractive place to do business which will benefit both the local and national economy.”

More information about the work is available from the Highways Agency Information Line on telephone number 0300 123 5000 or by e-mail to:

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