Leamore Shopping Centre in November 2010, before the rail was damaged.

Major Leamore road scheme to make shopping safer

Leamore Shopping Centre in November 2010, before the rail was damaged.

A major £230,000 road scheme is planned to help make Leamore a safer place to shop in 2013, according to Walsall Council.

Better pedestrian crossings at the crossroads adjacent to the 1960s-built Leamore Shopping Centre will feature in the package, which has been drawn-up to combat congestion and cut journey times.

The new arrangements will also clearly benefit local businesses as well as motorists, buses, and shoppers and residents wishing to cross the very busy roads – Bloxwich Road (B4210), Harden Road and Leamore Lane – which come together to form the centre of Leamore, near Bloxwich.

Cllr Tom Ansell, the council’s portfolio holder for transport, said:

“We’ve listened very carefully to what people have had to say and we’ve taken a close look at what we could do.

“We’re making the shopping parade a safer place by carrying out some changes that will help shoppers, shopkeepers and motorists too.”

In a comprehensive package of measures, new ‘intelligent’ traffic lights will be installed. The equipment can calculate the amount of traffic waiting at any moment and make changes to the traffic lights sequences to help cut journey times.

Pavements and the road itself will be resurfaced and a corner guard rail damaged in a car crash last year will be replaced.

A bus lane will be removed along the B4210 Bloxwich Road after studies had shown it was not effective, as part of the work.

Fresh lines will also be painted outside Leamore Primary School to help warn drivers, with a change in other markings to make the traffic flow better.

Parking spaces will also be created, with the work set to be carried out in the New Year.

Contractors will carry out the bulk of the work between 9.30am to 3.30pm in order to minimise disruption.