Driving Home Works on Track With 93 miles Of Local Roads Now Completed

Driving Home Published Tuesday, 20th June 2017

More than 90 miles of roads have been successfully repaired or resurfaced since the Driving Home programme launched, with almost 20,000 residents in Worcestershire so far benefitting from the works.

Two thirds of the scheduled works have now been carried out following the launch in April 2016.

The Driving Home team has been continually collecting data about the condition of the roads and speaking to local residents to ensure the roads that need improvement, and those which are most important to residents, are included in the programme.

Councillor Alan Amos, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: "Residents in Worcestershire told us about the conditions of their roads, and we have listened. We're investing £12m over a two-year period to improve the roads that matter the most to our residents; those closest to their homes.

"The programme has made a huge difference to almost 20,000 residents across the county so far whose homes have benefitted from the work the Driving Home programme is completing on local roads.

"The overall aim is to improve 150 miles of local roads and, with 93 miles already completed, we are on track to achieve this and the team is doing a fantastic job, all year-round."

Ryefields Road in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, was resurfaced in December 2016. A parent at Stoke Prior First School, which is based on Ryefields Road, said: “The council has done a great job. The road is now far smoother and the road markings are much clearer making it safer for our children on the school run.”

David Curlyo, a resident on Cumberland Street in Worcester, which was resurfaced earlier this year said: “I thought it would be an inconvenience when I found out my road was being resurfaced. I imagined it would affect access to my home but the Driving Home team were so helpful and efficient, it’s made a real difference to the look and feel of our street. Great job!.”

The region’s roads continue to be some of the best in the country following the busy timetable of improvements and repairs ranging from minor surface dressing to complete reconstruction. The Driving Home programme will continue for a second year, with ongoing investments into local infrastructure. 

For more information about latest updates about the Driving Home programme, including the roads we are planning to improve next, please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/drivinghome