Motorists have expressed their anger over traffic chaos in Cannock after a busy road was closed so work could start on providing access for a new £160million shopping village.

A full closure of Lichfield Road in Cannock came into affect today (Wednesday) with the road to be closed until early September.

The works are being carried out by Staffordshire County Council to pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed next year.

McArthurGlen has committed £15million to the improvement scheme, taking place at Churchbridge and the A460 Eastern Way.

Today has seen work begin to install drainage for the site, as well as installing a new gas main and diverting an existing one.

The full closure will be in effect until Monday September 2. Clear diversion signs will be in place. Hayes Way will remain closed at its junction with the A460 throughout the works period.

 

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: "The next phase of works involve essential utility and drainage installation for the site and unfortunately it is necessary to put a full closure of this section of the Lichfield Road in place.

"The team has made every effort to carry out this phase over the school holiday period as it tends to be quieter on the roads. We would again like to thanks people for their patience while these works take place.

"The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock is a hugely important development for Staffordshire and the wider region. It will create jobs and bring visitors into Cannock, boosting the local economy. Before this happens, the infrastructure needs to be in place and we are making every effort to get works completed as soon as possible.”

Construction work is set to start on the Cannock Designer Outlet
Construction work has started on the Cannock Designer Outlet

But motorists have been left not happy after the first day of disruption.

One said on Facebook: "Well done planners Cannock is total gridlock."

Another in response said: "Just been through it! Took an hour and 20 minutes to get to Hednesford."

 

And another called the traffic problems in the town an "absolute nightmare."

Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016.

When it opens in 2020 it will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.