Burnt Tree Island

Burnt Tree Island was a heavily congested roundabout at the junction of the dual two lane A4123 between Birmingham and Wolverhampton; the A461 between Dudley and West Bromwich and Tividale Road, approximately 2 miles from the M5 Junction 2.

Dudley and Sandwell appointed Waterman, with Carillion Civil Engineering as ECI partners, to design and progress the scheme through Statutory procedures, including Full Business Case Approval. This was successful and received Department for Transport’s Full Funding approval for £12m and the scheme was completed to programme.

The scheme layout includes:

  • a central four arm signal junction;
  • diversion of Tividale Road to form a second four arm signal cross road with the New Birmingham Road and Bunn’s Lane to the south;
  • re-provision of U-turn Junction to the adjacent Tesco development which are also signalised.

The signal timings at all four junctions are co-ordinated to accommodate improved pedestrian crossing and new cycleway facilities at the junction.

Geotechnical, environmental and traffic surveys were undertaken, Orders were published and sufficient design and assessment completed prior to a successful public inquiry, the DfT de-trunking the A4123, and confirming Order.

The works include significant off-site disposal of contaminated ground, an embedded pile and conventional retaining walls. The works were extensively value engineered with Carillion to maintain affordability and economic viability with over £2m of savings achieved from works proposed by statutory undertakers and in carriageway construction.

The works were delivered as an LTP Annex E Scheme (Highways Agency), with technical approval by Dudley MBC as Local Highway Authority.

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