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Roads closed for essential works

Pensnett High Street

Two roads in Pensnett will be closed to traffic for around a fortnight from next week as work gathers pace on a £6.3 million improvement scheme.

National Grid has started this week carrying out essential gas works around the High Street. As a result three-way temporary traffic lights are in operation at the High Street/High Oak junction and motorists are being warned to expect delays to journeys.

As these works continue, Birds Meadow and Bradley Street will both be closed at their respective road junctions with High Street.

The road closures will be in place from Monday October 23. The closures are expected to be in place for two weeks, but will be lifted earlier if the work is completed.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services, said:

“We want to make clear that although National Grid will be starting the essential works this week, the road closures will not come into operation until next week.

“A letter sent out by one of our contractors may have caused confusion around this, for which we apologise.

“We are now entering a critical stage of this major improvement scheme, and while there will be a lot of work going on there will inevitably be disruption to journeys.

“We ask motorists to bear with us while the work is carried out.”

Swan Street will also be closed to traffic from its junction with High Street from October 23. The closure is to enable BT to carry out essential works and has been timetabled to last until October 27. The road will be opened earlier if the works are completed.

The work will be carried out in the mouth of the junction only, so access will still be available via Broad Street.

The £6.3 million road improvement scheme in Pensnett will see two new sets of traffic lights put up on High Street and the junctions of High Oak and Tansey Green Road. This will ease congestion and make it safer for turning traffic.

The road will be widened along the High Street for two lanes to be introduced in both directions at the new traffic lights, while there will also be additional pedestrian crossings.

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