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New Road Tunnel in Tipton to ease congestion

(DFT) £22m road tunnel to ease West Midlands jams announced

Road congestion in Tipton in the West Midlands is set to reduce significantly thanks to a new road scheme given the go ahead today by Transport Minister Gillian Merron.

The £22.4m project will see a railway crossing on Owen Street replaced with a tunnel under the West Coast Mainline.

The crossing currently closes, at peak times, for up to 40 minutes every hour bringing motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to a grinding halt – the new relief road will allow traffic to flow freely. The Government is contributing £18.317m towards the £22.4m cost of the project.

Gillian Merron said:

“This is great news for the people of Tipton – the relief road will improve access to the town centre for everyone, whether they are travelling by car, bus, bicycle or foot.

“At peak times up to 20 trains travel along this section of the railway line, closing the level crossing for up to 40 minutes every hour. Building a tunnel will greatly improve traffic flow and reliability for passengers travelling on the West Coast Main Line and help to regenerate the local shopping area.

“The £18.317m of Government funding towards the cost of the scheme demonstrates our commitment to improving the road network, tackling congestion, improving safety and aiding regeneration”.

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