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M6 junction 10 scheme to start in 2018

M6 junction 10 Image copyright Walsall Council
Image caption The scheme is expected to take two years to complete, according to Highways England

A £65m project to widen an M6 motorway junction in the West Midlands is to start in 2018.

The roundabout at junction 10 at Walsall will be revamped in a scheme expected to take two years to complete, according to Highways England.

It said it was sharing the funding with the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

A consultation for the public to comment on proposals starts on Friday and will last until 24 January.

Walsall Council said the junction "gets clogged up during peak periods" with between 125,000 and 150,000 vehicles passing through junctions nine and 10 every day.

Deputy leader Adrian Andrew said: "This will not be a quick and simple solution to a problem that's been building for decades. People will have to have some patience while work is taking place."

Mr Andrew said the scheme would help "safeguard jobs because businesses will want to stay in the region and not move to pastures new".

He said: "Improving the road network in this area will support our drive to deliver the Darlaston area of the Black Country Enterprise Zone. The EZ is made up of 14 sites, including a cluster around M6 J10, which totals around 45 hectares of land.

"We estimate that the EZ site can create in the region of 2000 jobs.

Image copyright Walsall Council
Image caption A number of designs have been produced

"There's demand for land to create jobs in the region and the sites around J10 are attractive to investors given their location at the centre of the UK motorway network."

Highways England said there was "no legal requirement" for it to ask for the public's views at this stage, but it was keen for feedback and all comments would be "thoroughly reviewed".

The council said the project was estimated to cost about £65m. The LEP secured funding through the Department for Transport's (DfT) Local Growth Deal for the Black Country in July 2014, which includes DfT funding.

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