29 August 2019
£41 million requested from government to deliver transformational A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme
Midlands Connect submits priority “Major Road Network” schemes as part of £3.5 billion government fund
- A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme included in “Major Road Network” priority list for government funding;
- Plans include new walking/cycling bridge between Bromsgrove town centre and the train station, and carriageway widening;
- Scheme chosen specifically to cut congestion, improve access to new jobs and homes, and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access Bromsgrove;
- Scheme could be completed by 2025 if funding is secured.
Worcestershire County Council’s A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme has been included in a priority list of schemes for government funding by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect, with a funding request for £41 million to deliver it.
The scheme is amongst 11 in the Midlands submitted to the Department for Transport, as part of a £3.5 billion fund available from 2020-2025.
The A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme scheme is a package of improvements between the B4094 Worcester Road to the south and the M5 Junction 4 to the north. Plans include widening the main carriageway, improving junctions and a new walking/cycling bridge between Bromsgrove town centre and the train station.
Midlands Connect was empowered by the Department for Transport (DfT) to work with the 22 councils in its partnership to identify priority schemes to improve local roads in the region. The fund covers upgrades to the Major Road Network (MRN), a new category of the busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads, and “Large Local Majors” (LLM) schemes, which focus on bigger upgrades to local roads.
The MRN was established by the government to focus on funding schemes that will reduce congestion, support housing and employment growth, encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport, and provide better links to motorways and major trunk roads.
Following detailed consultation and a rigorous assessment, Midlands Connect has submitted 11 schemes to the DfT for consideration, in the West Midlands and East Midlands.
The total cost of the A38 scheme is estimated at £47 million, including £6 million to be funded locally from public and private sector sources.
The total Midlands-wide funding request to the government is £596 million, with an additional £143 million to be funded locally. If successful, local authorities would deliver the physical infrastructure required.
Simon Statham, Midlands Connect’s head of technical programmes, said: “This stretch of the A38 has many different functions; a link to the M5, a bypass for Bromsgrove, and a local access route for residents and businesses. Its popularity makes it congested and unreliable in several areas, making these improvements essential to the success of North Worcestershire. Worcestershire County Council provided compelling evidence that the scheme will help create new jobs and homes, ease congestion for road users and encourage more walking and cycling.
“We are confident that we have provided all of the evidence the government needs to fund these schemes in full, and we expect to be celebrating a £600 million investment in to the region to help our local authority partners get on and deliver this transformational programme of upgrades.”
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “The A38 is extremely important for people travelling into and around the Bromsgrove area. Enabling traffic to flow better along the A38 and improving walking and cycling routes will provide a number of benefits, including reducing congestion and ensuring better access to housing and jobs.
“Worcestershire has one of the fastest growing economies in the country and this scheme would be another example of the council’s ambition to ensure the county is open for business.”
Midlands Connect is encouraging the government to allocate funding for shortlisted schemes as soon as possible to ensure their smooth delivery.
10 June 2019
As part of the next phase of work, there will be road closures on Barley Mow Lane between the cemetery and Birmingham Road. These closures will take place on 17, 18 and 19 June between 9.30am and 4pm.
The diversion route will be Birmingham Road/Golden Cross Lane/Barley Mow Lane and vice versa.