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Traffic hopes thwarted by Abbey veto

Posted on May 25 2006 at 10:35:35

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Any chance of the long-awaited Bordesley bypass being built in the near future appears to be doomed by the Government’s veto of a major development at the Abbey Stadium, Redditch.

Villagers had hoped the completion of the bypass from Redditch to Junction 2 of the M42 would reduce the amount of traffic through the area.

Alvechurch, Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett all suffer from their roads being used as a rat-run from Redditch into south Birmingham.

But the newly christened Department for Communities and Local Government has decided to accept the decision of a Government inspector to block plans for the Abbey Stadium because it could be detrimental to the development of Redditch town centre.

Much of the finance for the bypass, with estimates running to £12 million, was to come from Redditch Borough Council because it was deemed necessary for the Abbey scheme.

But with that now apparently scuppered, Redditch is unlikely to foot the bill.

The Village reported last November that a bypass from Cobs Barn to a new roundabout at the bottom of Weights Lane could be ready by 2008 and Worcestershire County Council approved the plans this March.

And even though county highways officers are now believed to think the bypass is necessary even without the Abbey Stadium development, there is no provision in the county budget.

At the same time, the Government has said it will not be funding any “new” projects until 2011 at the earliest.

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