CAREFUL coordination of works to support a major new homes development in Tamworth will mean a big reduction in the number of roadworks and less disruption for people and businesses.
The Bellway Homes development adjacent to Ashby Road and the northern side of the railway bridge will see 535 houses and a new school built.
Work has already started in the area which will see the provision of new access and utility services including water, electricity, telecoms, gas and sewerage to the site, while making sure existing services to the local community are not affected.
To allow the works at the bridge to be carried out safely, the B5493 Ashby Road will be closed to through traffic from 6 March. Highway and utility teams will be working together to minimise disruption and the closure is expected to last no more than a month.
Access to homes and businesses and the Landau Forte Academy along Ashby Road, will be maintained via Comberford Road/Upper Gungate junction. Traffic access cannot be maintained across the railway bridge during the works.
Further phases of work will involve a new footbridge across the railway line and highway resurfacing work which may see further overnight only closures.
Staffordshire County Council’s highways team have been working closely with the utility companies to co-ordinate the works and reduce the impact. By combining road, utility and services works, it is estimated to have reduced the roadworks period by a month and avoided a possible five further sets of individual traffic controls.
Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We’re always striving to work smarter and more closely with our partners when works are needed to support developments like this. The Bellway Homes project is a significant one for Tamworth, bringing hundreds of much needed homes which we’re pleased to support.
“This is a good example of how we can really cut down on disruption for local communities through careful planning and coordination. With major developments such as this, there will inevitably be some disruption as a result of the road closure, but every effort has been made to limit this. We would thank people for their co-operation while the work is being carried out.”
Nearby residents and businesses are being notified about the scheme, informing them why the work is needed and details about accessibility during the works.
A clearly signed temporary diversion will be in place during the works period. The A5 and M42 via junction 10 are likely to offer a suitable alternative route (in either direction). And, for those unable to use motorways, a route suitable for all traffic types will be signposted on site.
Further updates on the work along with diversion routes is available at www.roadworks.org