PLANS are being drawn up to change the traffic flow and improve safety in Lye.

As part of Dudley Council’s £20 million levelling up bid to the government, Lye Bypass will be made two-way to reduce the amount of traffic down the High Street.

Plans also include better pedestrian connections from the train station to the High Street and improved junctions along the A4036.

Four brownfield sites are set to be brought forward to deliver new homes and car park provisions.

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: “These are ambitious plans for Lye and will see radical changes to the road layout. That will help shoppers and traders and make the area safer for motorists.

“This is one of a number of bids we are looking at as part of round two of the levelling up fund which, if successful, will see improvements in our town centres.

“The levelling up fund is a government initiative to invest in local infrastructure that has a visible impact on people and their communities, including local transport schemes, urban regeneration projects and cultural assets. Successful bids will be announced in the autumn.”

Dudley Council is working with local businesses and MP Suzanne Webb on the bid to the government’s levelling up fund.

The bid will be submitted in July and the outcome is likely in autumn.