A major island will be expanded under £40 million plans to ease congestion surrounding a busy junction of the M6.
The scheme around junction 10 at Walsall will include new bridges over the motorway, which will double in width to four lanes, while there will also be improvements at Bloxwich Lane and modifications to the Black Country Route.
More details of the scheme have now come to light as Walsall Council is set to allocate £650,000 towards developing a business case.
The scheme would be dependent on funding and the authority is working alongside the Highways Agency on the proposals.
It is hoped the Highways Agency will be able to allocate £10m towards the project, which will speed up traffic and reduce delays between Walsall and Wolverhampton. Members of the council’s decision-making cabinet are poised to agree the allocation towards developing the improvements over the coming years.
It is predicted the scheme will generate £221m transport benefits from reducing congesting over a 60-year appraisal period.
Traffic regularly builds up along Wolverhampton Road and the Black Country Route which lead up to the M6, causing delays.
The outline proposals will see two new four-lane bridges run over the motorway rather than the current two lanes.
At the Bloxwich Lane junction dedicated right turn lanes will be introduced. Further traffic is expected following the launch of the Enterprise Zone near Darlaston.
A report from Matt Crowton, transportation, strategy and policy manager at Walsall Council, said: “Over the past 12 months, Walsall officers have been working closely with the Highways Agency to develop a congestion-busting solution for M6 junction 10.
“The council is also seeking to promote improved highway access to the Black Country Enterprise Zone development sites which straddle the motorway to the south of junction 10.
“Improvements to this junction will improve connectivity and trade between these strategic centres, as well as access to the national road network. Both centres suffer from severance as a result of congestion at Junction 10 and limited alternative routes.”