Outland Road improvements to finish earlier than expected

A major scheme to improve traffic flow and safety along Outland Road is expected to be completed on time despite set-backs earlier in the programme.

Work on the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme started in September 2016 and was originally programmed to finish by the end of March but poor ground conditions uncovered in the early stages meant the completion date had slipped to late April.

However, the Council is hoping to bring the project in on time by accelerating the final stages of the project.

The Council has been working closely with the contractors to reduce the time it will take to install and connect the new traffic signals at the Ham Drive/Weston Park Road junction (due to get under way once the current works at Ham Drive are finished) by increasing the workforce.

These works, which will require temporary four-way signals, would have taken around three weeks but this has been reduced to just one week, meaning less disruption to motorists.

The Council has also been able secure agreement with the contractors to bring forward the remaining activities in the programme, including resurfacing and road marking works, so the whole scheme is expected to be completed by the end of March as originally planned.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport and Planning said: β€œThe City Council is committed to constantly reviewing the implementation of the major highway infrastructure projects to try to reduce the time and delays caused on our road network. We have pressed our contractors to finish the Outland Road project as soon as possible and – subject to there being no further unforeseen events – they are committed to finishing at the end of March, which is to be welcomed.”