More roadworks misery ahead of 'Bicester Village of the Midlands' opening
Written by The Newsroom on June 7, 2019
Traffic chaos is set to worsen as a new £160 million designer outlet moves one step closer.
Set to open in 2020, the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet will bring 1,000 jobs and big brands like Lacoste, Ralph Lauren and Nike to Cannock.
But first, the road network surrounding the Midlands’ own ‘Bicester Village’ must undergo a £15 million transformation.
Work will see Eastern Way turned into a dual carriageway, Orbital Way widened on the eastbound side, improvements to the Lodge Lane and Churchbridge roundabouts and the installation of a new toucan crossings on Eastern Way.
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Motorists have already faced weeks of major delays and the misery is set to continue as work enters the next stage.
Eastern Way will be closed between the Hayes Way roundabout and the Lichfield Road roundabout in both directions from 6am on Monday, June 17 to 6am on Monday, July 1.
Night time closures will be in place in both directions on the section between Hayes Way and the McDonalds roundabout between 7pm and 6am on July 3, 4 and 5.
Hayes Way will also remain closed at its junction with the A460 throughout the works period.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Helen Fisher, said: “The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is a hugely important development for Staffordshire and the wider region. It will create jobs and bring visitors into Cannock, boosting the local economy.
“The road improvement scheme is therefore vital in paving the way for the development. Undoubtedly it will create some disruption, but it is a necessary part of the development. Traffic management has been carefully planned to minimise disruption as much as is possible.
“We would ask people to allow additional time if traveling along in this area and would like to thank people for their ongoing patience.”
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