Corridor length 12.3 km;
Average Index of Multiple Deprivation 46;
Households with no car 45%;
Proportion of journey time delay – 31%.
Proposed Solutions and Outputs
The overarching strategy for this corridor is to target improvements at the pedestrian, cycling and highway network, supported by targeted Smarter Choices interventions.
This will enable a shift from car use to take place which reduces congestion and supports a growth in low carbon modes for both existing and new trips.
As identified above, the corridor has been identified as a major area for change in the Black Country Joint Core Strategy (BCJCS) and includes a number of regeneration corridors. The Wolverhampton to Bilston section is subject to an Area Action Plan and a Neighbourhood Planning initiative.
Walking and Cycling Solutions
The infrastructure works focus firstly on providing new cycle infrastructure along the corridor, providing opportunities for residents and employees to cycle for local journeys. It also addresses more localised improvements to the pedestrian and cycling environment to Metro stops and at key crossing points. These improvements to traffic signals will also provide selective vehicle detection for buses to provide priority to enhance the public transport offer on the corridor. Schemes include:
Cycle network linking Wolverhampton city centre and Bilston town centre with employment sites and residential areas:
Back street and shared footway route via East Park and Wolverhampton College (Bilston campus);
Shared surface and back streets routes via Bilston Road and Priestfield Metro stop;
An alternative route in the north providing an off-road route via the former railway from Lower Walsall Street to Bilston Road including the upgrading of the pedestrian crossing on Bilston Road to a toucan;
A programme of smaller works to improve walking routes to and from Midland Metro stops and improving connections between bus stops and Metro stops with signing etc.;
Bilston Road/Ettingshall Road junction upgrading with pedestrian crossing and cycling facilities as part of the back street cycle network;
The addition of a footway along a one kilometre section of the Black Country Spine Road in Sandwell which will link residential areas and the Midland Metro stations at Wednesbury to workplaces. The road was originally built without a footway and, although some sections have been retro-fitted with footways, there is still a significant section where walking is not supported by appropriate infrastructure;
Walking and cycling enhancements in the vicinity of the Royal Hospital site funded from Section 106 developer contributions
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