12:00pm Friday 29th October 2004
The busy Stourbridge to Walsall bus route is set for a £200,000 revamp to help speed up the journey.
The 311 service will have extensive work carried out at and around the Holly Hall junction and the Bushey Fields and Scotts Green traffic islands.
The passenger-friendly project was passed as part of Dudley Council's capital programme at a meeting on Monday October 18.
The major makeover will include upgraded traffic signals, new pedestrian crossings, the lowering of kerbs and the realignment of the carriageway to ease congestion around Russells Hall Hospital.
Funding for the long awaited project will come from Centro's bus showcase budget.
Centro spokesman Peter Sharples said: "Once the work is completed it should speed up the journey time and make it a lot easier for people around Russells Hall Hospital.
"It will help provide high quality bus travel to help people get to and from destinations as quickly and as smoothly as possible."
Travel West Midlands, which runs the service, was also delighted with the decision.
Corporate affairs director Phil Bateman said: "The service will be transformed by the adoption of showcase infrastructure, leading to a better and more punctual bus service.
"We are therefore very pleased that the support of the authority as expressed in the latest meeting brings this goal one step forward.
"We have, like our passengers, been waiting for the delivery of this showcase route now for a very long time."
The scheme should be completed by April 2005.
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