Map reveals full route of new bypass in Lichfield

Map reveals full route of new bypass in Lichfield

The last phase of Lichfield’s Southern Bypass is scheduled to be completed by the end of the decade after a bid succeeded in securing crucial funding.

The Department for Transport has allocated £5m towards the £17.3m scheme, which will also include money from Staffordshire County Council and Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

The DfT money will allow the construction of an underpass beneath the Cross City Line so then the missing stretch – measuring two-thirds of a kilometre and to be funded by housing developer Persimmon – can link Birmingham Road and Tamworth Road.



The Staffordshire County Council map shows where the final stage of Lichfield’s Southern Bypass will run.

Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted we’ve successfully bid for this money for the Lichfield Southern Bypass, as it will improve traffic flow in the area, reduce town centre congestion and support the growth of housing and high quality jobs in the Lichfield area.

“There’s been a team effort to achieve this and pave the way for Lichfield’s continued and future prosperity.”

Scheduled to be completed by 2020, the work will be done in such a way that a restored Lichfield and Hatherton canal could also pass under the Cross City railway line.

The successful bid pointed out that the reminder of the bypass had been built with private sector money and its completion will underpin the city’s future development.

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is now awaiting the business case to be submitted with a view to allocating £2.3m of its Growth Deal funding to the project.

GBSLEP board director Simon Marks hailed the “great news”. He said: “Realising Lichfield’s potential is in everyone’s interest.



The last stage of Lichfield's Southern Bypass will connect Birmingham Road and Tamworth Road.
The last stage of Lichfield’s Southern Bypass will connect Birmingham Road and Tamworth Road.

“The bypass, which has already levered in £12m of funding from the private sector, is a hugely important piece of road infrastructure that will enable significant residential development to come forward.

“This scheme is a top priority for GBSLEP as part of our Strategic Economic Plan, and we look forward to working with colleagues in Staffordshire to deliver it.”

Cllr Ian Pritchard, deputy leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “This is fantastic news and I would like to congratulate our colleagues at Staffordshire County Council for securing the funding – we’ve been delighted to work alongside the team to support them in their application.

“The completion of the Southern Bypass will help to boost Lichfield’s prosperity ever further by reducing congestion and making Lichfield an even more attractive place to live, work and set up businesses.”

The bid was also supported by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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