WORK which will support the design of the latest phase of the Lichfield southern bypass will begin this month.
The investigative work will start on an area east of the Birmingham Road and Falkland Road roundabout next to the railway line.
It will help with the preparation of a detailed design for a new rail-over-road bridge which will allow the new road to pass underneath the line. The road will eventually link Birmingham Road to London Road and extend the previous phase from Walsall Road.
Starting on January 25, the work will include carrying out a number of boreholes and trial pits over a three week period. Further investigation of the railway embankment itself is planned for later in the year.
Staffordshire County Council say that there will be no delay or disruption to traffic as all the investigations are taking place off-road, on private land. The new railway bridge could be in place by the end of 2018, subject to funding being secured.
Staffordshire County Council’s economy and transport leader Mark Winnington said: “We are pleased to see work begin which will enable detailed designs drawn up for the next phase of the Lichfield southern bypass.
“This is essential work which marks more progress in the whole scheme. The southern bypass is important for the city and we are confident we will secure funding to finish it. This is a priority for the county and district councils as well as the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
“Improving transport and traffic flow will help future growth and attract further investment.”