Caldmore congestion and parking improvement scheme

Last updated: 06/11/2015 08:58:15

news A proposal to address the current traffic congestion, road safety and parking concerns along Caldmore Road has been given the go ahead by transport bosses at Walsall Council.

Cllr Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader said: "Caldmore Road suffers from significant levels of traffic and at times is total chaos with drivers and pedestrians taking huge risks with their safety - something needs to be done.

"Massive congestion, poor road safety and lack of parking contributes to the chaos. I, along with others, have experienced the chaos when using the shops in Caldmore and many people who live there or frequently use Caldmore Road have expressed major concerns.

"The most recent consultation exercise held in October with local residents, shoppers, traders, schools and other local organisations has sent us a clear message that we need to deal with these problems.

“We’ve listened to local views and agreed with some but not all, and building on that information coupled with local traffic surveys the Council intends to introduce a package of measures."

These measures include:

• Increasing the number of parking spaces on Caldmore Road to support traders and shoppers;
• Provision of dedicated loading bays on Caldmore Road in line with requests from traders;
• Improved signage to car parks accessible from Caldmore Road;
• Introduction of a 3 hour maximum stay time limit on the St Michael Street car park from 8am till 6pm in line with requests from traders and the local partnership;
• Introduction of a one way system on Caldmore Road from its junction with Bradford Street to the junction with Corporation Street

Cllr Andrew added: "In addition to this - something that was not originally included in the scheme - I've made sure that the pavements and the road along the whole length of Caldmore Road will be resurfaced making a massive improvement to this important shopping district.

“We have carefully considered the direction of the one way scheme and the proposed direction is the direction currently used by the majority of road users after the analysis of data from our traffic surveys. The overall package will make a big difference to the environment and encourage more people to visit.

"We will continue to monitor the impact of the change and work with bus operators to ensure bus services remain suitable for the passenger demand.”

The Council will now start the statutory process to implement the scheme.

Construction works are anticipated to start in January 2016 and be completed by Spring 2016.