A BUSTLING roundabout on the outskirts of Oswestry will be overhauled when a £4 million project commences next month.
The improvement work will see the Mile End island on the A5/A483 intersection increased in size with the junctions re-aligned with an additional ‘arm’ created, which will lead to the proposed multi-million pound business park on the north east corner of the busy junction known as the Eastern Gateway.
An exhibition of the plans will be on display at Oswestry’s Memorial Hall on Thursday and Friday from 9am to 8pm.
The funding was announced in June 2013 as part of the Highways Agency’s pinch point programme and work is due to commence on July 1, taking nine months to complete.
Revealing the details of the scheme, Shropshire Council leader, Councillor Keith Barrow, pictured, said the work was “overdue” and should ease congestion.
As part of the work the area will be reduced to a 50mph speed limit while the layby on the Mile End to Whittington Road stretch of the A5 will be closed. There will also be a series of overnight road closures with diversions in place. These orders will commence on June 24.
Cllr Barrow added he felt positive about the improvements and how they will help to deliver an extra 1,800 jobs and over 1,000 homes to the area by 2020.
He said: “This work will help us move forward with our plans to bring thousands of new jobs into the Oswestry area because creating a new arm on Mile End roundabout will bring the business park a step closer to reality.
“Although we expect some traffic disruption while work takes place I hope people will be able to appreciate the long-term benefits that this scheme will bring to the area,” he added.He also urged members of the public to view the exhibition.
Construction of the first phase of the business park development comprising of roads and infrastructure works is scheduled to start over the coming two years subject to funding.