Work is due to start on Monday on the upgrading of a road in Telford Town Centre that will improve its connectivity and provide a better link between the A442 Queensway and the M54.
Rampart Way – which runs between the Forge Roundabout at Junction 5 of the M54 and the A442 Hollinswood Interchange – is currently a single carriageway road and will be made dual carriageway as part of the upgrade.
It is the first of two sections of road that will be made into dual carriageways to provide an improved ring road to the Town Centre, with the other being the part of Hall Park Way which runs between the Forge Roundabout at Junction 5 of the M54 and the Hall Park Roundabout.
High volumes of traffic currently use Rampart Way to connect between the A442 and the M54 and the predicted levels of growth in the Town Centre will mean surrounding roads will continue to become busier.
The funding for the dualling of both Rampart Way and Hall Park Way has been largely secured from the Department for Transport, with the remainder financed by Section 106 contributions from new housing and commercial developments in Telford town centre
The work will be carried out by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd and will initially involve setting up the site compound on land next to Junction 5 of the M54 in the first week followed by work on Rampart Way itself which will involve lane restrictions to protect both the workforce and the travelling public.
Councillor Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Transport, said: “This is great news for the centre of Telford and reflects the ongoing investment and development that has been taking place over the past few years.
“Making the two sections of road dual carriageways will improve journey times and achieve a long-held ambition to improve the link between Telford’s main north-south trunk road and the county’s motorway.
“Inevitably, some disruption is unavoidable and we will be working with local businesses and stakeholders to keep this to a minimum.
“We are also conscious that the works will take place in the run up to the busy Christmas period and we will be working with Telford Shopping Centre and the contractor to ensure we keep traffic flowing.”
Work on Rampart Way is expected to be completed in April 2017 with work on Hall Park Way due to start immediately after Rampart Way is completed. Hall Park Way is expected to be finished by September 2017.
For further information, visit www.telford.gov.uk/connectivity