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OFF LIMITS: Roundabout closure for “essential resurfacing”

OFF LIMITS: Roundabout closure for “essential resurfacing”

Image: LDRS

All-night closures will be imposed on a Solihull town centre roundabout from Monday of next week – with warning issued to drivers.

The council’s highways team has issued a notice that the island, near the railway station, would be off limits during five days of works.

Work crews will be carrying out “essential road resurfacing” during this period, with all five routes off the roundabout unavailable.

The project will run across five consecutive nights, starting on September 6, with closures in force between 8pm-6am.

Diversions will be in place during this period, with motorists being taken along Princes Way, Church Hill Road, New Road, Warwick Road, Ashleigh Road, Streetsbrook Road, Sharmans Cross Road and Danford Lane.

Maps published online show the full routes that traffic will be taken on to avoid the island.

Diversion

Image: LDRS

While the resurfacing is part of routine maintenance at one of the borough’s busiest junctions, the area is one of several in line for more radical change in the years ahead.

The intention to try and improve the layout is laid out in the council’s town centre masterplan, which provides a blueprint for modernisation up until 2036.

The document said the town’s gateways were often dominated by large roundabouts which didn’t do the centre justice.

“This presents a missed opportunity in terms of creating a ‘front door’ to Solihull which demonstrates the inherent quality of the town.

“Key arrival points for pedestrians and cyclists include Solihull train station and the underpass which connects Tudor Grange Park and Prince’s Way.

“These areas fail to convey the quality and vibrancy associated with Solihull, particularly in terms of the station, which feels extremely remote from the town, and is relatively poor in terms of environmental quality.”

 

Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter


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