The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week.
The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020.
McArthurGlen has committed £15million to the improvement scheme, taking place at Churchbridge and the A460 Eastern Way.
On Wednesday July 17 work will begin to install drainage for the site, as well as installing a new gas main and diverting an existing one. To carry out this phase of the works a temporary full closure of A5190 Lichfield Road, between the Biffa landfill roundabout and the Devon Road junction is necessary.
The full closure will be in effect from next Wednesday until Monday September 2. Clear diversion signs will be in place.
Hayes Way will remain closed at its junction with the A460 throughout the works period.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
The next phase of works involve essential utility and drainage installation for the site and unfortunately it is necessary to put a full closure of this section of the Lichfield Road in place.
The team has made every effort to carry out this phase over the school holiday period as it tends to be quieter on the roads. We would again like to thanks people for their patience while these works take place.
The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock is a hugely important development for Staffordshire and the wider region. It will create jobs and bring visitors into Cannock, boosting the local economy. Before this happens, the infrastructure needs to be in place and we are making every effort to get works completed as soon as possible.”
Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community. On-site construction of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock started last summer. When it opens in 2020, this new landmark retail destination and community hub will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.
The road improvements will include:
• Access and improvements on the A460 Eastern Way, Churchbridge interchange and Orbital Way.
• Widening the A460 Eastern Way to a dual carriageway and creating slip roads to the designer outlet.
• A new underpass and access to the site from the A460, new footpaths and cycle ways.
• Widening both the eastern and western A460 legs at the Churchbridge junction to provide two lanes in both directions
• Widening Orbital Way on the eastbound side, improving the Lodge Lane and Churchbridge roundabouts and installing new toucan crossings on Eastern Way