A plan to improve traffic and boost business in Dudley is being proposed by Dudley Council.
Transport bosses have devised a scheme to improve road safety and access in King Street, in the town centre.
Currently, the road, which is between Union Street and Flood Street, is not fully open to through traffic.
The proposed scheme would see the road re-opened to through traffic, simplifying vehicle flow and movement as well as improving pedestrian safety.
Good access to bus stops and shelters would be maintained and new lay-bys would also be introduced, providing limited waiting and creating additional car parking in the King Street area to encourage passers by to shop locally.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transport, said:
“We have been aware of the King Street issues for a while and our engineers have been working on various designs with the purpose of bringing about positive change to this area of the town centre.
“We have listened to local businesses and the local community and have now developed a proposal which will open King Street to through traffic, make it easier to navigate, safer for pedestrians and improve access for local communities and businesses to make the most of passing trade.”
At present, anyone wishing to drive from one side of King Street to the other is diverted in a loop around Flood Street car parks to the rear of King Street.
The council will be contacting business owners in the near future to seek their views on the proposals.
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