M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 23 April 2020
From City of Wolverhampton Council

Representation

The Council wishes to participate in the Examination as and when it would aid the Planning Inspectorate in determining the proposal and will send either detailed written representation or relevant officers to the Examination discussions. We consider the proposal can make a significant contribution in terms of relieving traffic pressure around M54 Junction 2 and improving access opportunities for existing (i54, Four Ashes) and future development sites. Access to the M6 North would be significantly improved from the Wolverhampton area. The proposal will assist in keeping the right traffic on the right roads, improving safety which is largely within Staffordshire, and supporting the continued regeneration and economic growth in the City of Wolverhampton, by improving journey time reliability and connectivity. The Council will continue working with the Highways England (the applicant), South Staffordshire District Council, Staffordshire County Council to ensure that traffic management arrangements within Wolverhampton are fully assessed, and thereafter managed appropriately to minimise traffic disruption. Emergency diversion routes will need to be agreed. Prior to finalising the Traffic Management Plan, Wolverhampton would need to be included as a stakeholder. As cycling groups in Wolverhampton use the existing routes to the north around the Featherstone and Shareshill area, the Council will work with the applicant to ensure that good quality sustainable transport links are maintained outside of Wolverhampton. We would like to further understand the environmental implications if any adverse impact would arise on the WV10 – Pendeford, Fordhouses and Bushbury Landscape Character Area, and upon Bushbury Hill as it is within the area of Theoretical Visibility. Although the scheme will change traffic patterns to the north of the city, the scheme is unlikely to cause significant adverse effects in respect of Noise or Air Quality during construction or once operational upon residents within the Wolverhampton area. We note the Environmental Statement accompanying this application covers a number of key local impacts which are matters that will need detailed consideration predominantly by South Staffordshire Council and Staffordshire County Council, with some input from the City of Wolverhampton Council.