Three possible route options for a new link road between the M54, the northbound M6 and the M6 Toll in Staffordshire – have been unveiled by the Highways Agency.
The plans are on show at exhibitions starting today (5 December 2014), marking the start of an eight-week public consultation for the scheme, which will reduce congestion on local roads, improve safety and support economic growth in the surrounding area – all part of the government’s long term economic plan.
Highways Agency project manager Bill Birkett said: “It is important that people join in the consultation and have their say on the routes being put forward. We look forward to welcoming people to this weekend’s exhibitions, answering their questions and listening to their opinions.”
The options are:
- Option A which would provide a new road between M54 junction 1 and M6 junction 11, covering approximately 1.5 miles (2.5 km). The proposed route would bypass the villages of Featherstone and Shareshill, and be sited to the west of Hilton Hall. On the west side of the M6 there would be no access from the existing A460 to M6 junction 11. This arm of junction 11 would be used for the new road and will move through-traffic onto the link road. There would be a single junction on the new road to allow local traffic to access the link road from this section of the A460 via Hilton Lane.
- Option B which would provide a new road between M54 Junction 1 and the M6 and M6 Toll. The link would follow the same route as Option A, bypassing the villages of Featherstone and Shareshill, and be sited to the west of Hilton Hall. The new road would then link directly with the M6, north of junction 11 and with the M6 Toll at junction T8. This additional link to junction T8 would be approximately 0.6 miles (1km), giving a total length of approximately 2.2 miles (3.5km). M6 junction 11 would be unchanged by this option with local access to the M6 and M6 Toll remaining the same.
- Option C which would widen the M54 from Junction 1 to the M6, providing extra capacity through one additional traffic lane in each direction. New slip roads would be constructed at M6 junction 10a to provide links to and from the M6 north. The existing hard shoulder would be converted to a fourth traffic lane between M6 junction 10a and 11. Access roads to Hilton Park Services would be modified as part of the scheme ( access to the services will be maintained throughout construction). M6 junction 11 would be demolished and replaced by a new junction 11 further north, linking to the M6 Toll junction T8. The distance travelled between M54 junction 1 and M6 Toll junction T8 would be greater than Options A and B at 3.4 miles (5.5km). The A460 would cross the M6 on a new bridge, linking in to the A462 and Wolverhampton Road, with a new local road provided to Saredon Road for local destinations north or east.
In addition, there are two alternative routes proposed for options A and B where they cross Hilton Park and Hilton Lane – an eastern and a western route. For the eastern route, the link road would cross Hilton Park passing between the ponds and continuing to the east of Brookfields Farm buildings. For the western route the link road would cross Hilton Park passing to the west of the ponds, closer to Dark Lane, and again to the east of Brookfields Farm buildings. The consultation closes on 30 January 2015.