Congestion-busting scheme planned for junction in Walsall

A junction in Walsall has been earmarked for a congestion-busting scheme to ease delays and boost safety.

New technology is set to be installed to reduce regular hold-ups in Corporation Street, Caldmore.

Improvements to the route at the junction with Wednesbury Road could see software installed to trigger traffic lights depending on traffic flow.

It would also see pedestrian crossings with kerbside detectors installed as part of the £260,000 scheme due to be completed next summer.

It is part of improvements costing more than £500,000 in Caldmore which has already seen similar crossings put in place in Caldmore Green, West Bromwich Street and Spout Lane.

It also means drivers avoid being stuck at red lights when pedestrians are no longer there.

Councillor Mohammed Arif, who has been pushing for action for a number of years, said the long-term plan was to widen the junction as buses trying to turn right from Corporation Street into Wednesbury Road also cause an extra build-up of vehicles.

“The long-term solution is the widening of the junction and we will, as ward councillors, keep working with our highways officers, traders association, residents and Centro to make the case for this,” he added.