Work begins this week to ease congestion at Worcestershire's worst traffic hotspots.
Worcestershire County Council has pledged £5m over the next 2 years to identify, investigate and deliver solutions to tackle congestion sites across the county.
Work starts on the A442 Worcester Road just outside Kidderminster this week where there can be long tailbacks at peak times.
Worcestershire County Councillor Alan Amos, the Cabinet Member for Highways said:
"Like in many places across the country, traffic congestion causes our residents a huge amount of frustration. I am determined to tackle the worst of our hot spots and get Worcestershire moving. That is why we have invested £5 million, allowing our expert engineers the resources they need to make a real difference up and down the county."
The Council's list of hotspots to improve includes the A44 through Worcester where junctions will be upgraded as well as a complete redesign of the major City Walls Road/Sidbury/Commandery Road interchange,including new pedestrian crossings. The Croft Road zebra crossing is also on the list to improve.
In Redditch, improvements will be made to the junction of Icknield Street Drive and Warwick Highway where a section of the carriageway will be widened this summer.
In Bromsgrove, work to improve the free flow of traffic along a section of Worcester Road where parked cars currently cause pinch point congestion, which has resulted in an Air Quality issue for residents.
The Council is also working with Wychavon District Council to develop an Evesham Transport Strategy, to explore and pursue options to alleviate congestion in the town.
In addition to the £5 million investment, Worcestershire County Council was also successful last year with bids to the Department for Transport, worth a total of £6.6million. The initial funding has just recently been received and will used to support two key congestion areas in Bromsgrove and Worcester.
Notes to editors as of May 2018
- The £6.6m funded schemes are currently in design stage and will be shared at a later date.
- Redditch works: where Icknield Street Drive meets the Warwick Highway. Queuing traffic was raised as concern through the LTP4 consultation as well as concerns received from Elected Members and the driving public. To alleviate the issue, work to construct a widened section of carriageway on this southern arm approach to the island will begin later this year.
- Kidderminster works: The first to be actioned is work on the A442 Worcester Road just outside of Kidderminster. Feedback reported that the hatched out lane of the section of dual carriageway was causing severe tailbacks. Works to remove this restriction, repairing the surface, as well as introducing improvements at the A4442 Silverwood Way signals will begin later this year.
- Bromsgrove: A known Air Quality Management Area along the Worcester Road, gets congested by parked cars causing pinch points and turning manoeuvres creating delays. Works to improve the free flow of traffic along this busy route into the town, as well as improving the air quality for residents and businesses in the area, has started
- Worcester: Tallow Hill/Shrub Hill traffic lights in Worcester, improvements to the signal equipment will be made as well as adjusting the signal phasing. This should bring improved flows for those using the junction, including the bus route between the hospital and City. Similar improvements to other signalised junctions at A441 Astwood Bank and B4090 Hanbury Road/ Queen Street, Droitwich will also take place.