We've had a number of inquiries about the intersection across to Galton Road near The Dog, as well as the lack of visible activity at the Kings Head junction. So, here's the latest as far as we can ascertain…
The intersection closure by The Dog is nothing to do with the proposal to close it permanently. It is closed because of gas mains work. As previously stated, any permanent closure would require a full public consultation process. Any feedback about how the current closure is affecting traffic flow would be interesting though.
The Kings Head roadworks have started, although it may not be immediately visible. They are currently doing tests on site including noise monitoring, asbestos and lead paint survey and so it doesn't look like much is happening. The contractors, we are told by Birmingham, will now be starting the main works in the middle of February, which is later than was planned originally. Part of the delay in the main contract has been with Utility companies, we understand as they need to re-route their services. No substantial work is possible until this happens although it is hoped they can bring forward their start date. The target date for completion of the project remains the early Summer.
After waiting so long, another couple of weeks shouldn't make much difference.