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Bypass ‘ready by 2008’

Posted on November 03 2005 at 9:01:23

Bypass plan

The long-awaited Bordesley bypass could be ready for use as soon as March 2008, if plans revealed to the public last month progress smoothly.

The proposed route was shown by consultants Halcrow – acting for Worcestershire County Council and Redditch Borough Council – at a two-day public consultation in Hopwood.

It follows closely the “blue route” proposed back in 1992 and runs from Cobbs Barn roundabout to the west of Bordesley, crossing the Arrow then continuing through fields to rejoin the current A441 at a new roundabout at the bottom of Weights Lane.

The scheme, if it reaches fruition, will end a traffic nightmare for the people of Bordesley who have had to suffer a never-ending flow of cars and heavy lorries thundering through their village between Redditch and the M42 since the Alvechurch bypass was opened 11 years ago.

It is also hoped that by “finishing” the Alvechurch bypass in this way, traffic heading north from Redditch will be dissuaded from taking a short cut to south Birmingham and blighting Alvechurch, Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett.

The present plan shows the Cobbs Barn roundabout being retained, while it is hoped by campaigners that the two bypasses could be merged into one so that it would not be an easy option to leave it to take a short cut through the villages.

Halcrow principle consultant Dehlia Farrow told The Village there were still many stages of public consultation during which such issues could be taken into account.

They were, for example, still looking at suggestions of how to deter through traffic from continuing to go through Bordesley, although she did say they did not envisage any problems being caused by feeding a two-lane road into the single-carriageway stretch from Weights Lane to the Sainsbury’s roundabout in Redditch.

The latest impetus for a Bordesley bypass has come from plans for a large development – possibly including a snowdome – on the current Abbey Stadium site in Redditch. This would be sure to suck a lot of traffic through the area from south Birmingham.

Dehlia said there was still no official proposed cost for the bypass. The planning application was expected to be submitted this month and was likely to take around six months to go through the statutory public consultation process.

“If all goes well, and all the bits and pieces fall into place, the bypass could be operational as early as March 2008,” she added.

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