A major roundabout feeding the M6 is set to be expanded after a cash injection was approved to kick-start £40 million congestion-busting plans.
The scheme at junction 10 at Walsall will include new bridges over the motorway, which will double to create four lanes, while there will also be improvements at nearby Bloxwich Lane and to the Black Country Route.
Walsall Council is set to allocate £650,000 towards developing a business case for the scheme which would be dependent on funding. Officers are working alongside the Highways Agency which is responsible for motorways.
Members of the council’s cabinet last night agreed the allocation towards developing the improvements.
It is predicted the scheme will generate £221 million transport benefits from reducing congesting over a 60-year appraisal period. Liberal Democrat leader Ian Shires said: “This is a golden opportunity for Walsall.”