Hamburger for Walsall

The Birmingham Mail reports that M6 up-grade at Walsall to feature ‘hamburger’ junction with reports that Walsall Council is preparing a business case for the Department of Transport for a major junction redesign to reduce congestion.

The £20 million scheme for Junction 10 of the M6 motorway is proposing a 'hamburger junction' which would be complete by 2012-13 at the earliest.

Stuart Everton, Walsall Council regeneration manager – transportation, said the M6 scheme was a top priority. “We are looking at the creation of a hamburger junction – not a flyover – which would run across the same level as the island at the moment, intersecting it.

The scheme is the next on the wish list of the council following work to improve the ring road which should improve the town's traffic flow.

For those who are unsure what a 'Hamburger junction' looks like, it is also known as a throughabout or cut-through roundabout. It get's the nickname 'Hamburger' from the plan which looks like the cross section of a hamburger; the junction resembles a normal roundabout but is signalised and has a straight-through section of carriageway for one of the major routes.

An example is shown below on the A580 East Lancashire Road in St Helens at Haydock Island with the M6 passing overhead.

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