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Sidbury Improvements Latest Updates

Published Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Tackling congestion using the £5m pledged by Cabinet in addition to £6.6 million won as part of a bid to Department for Transport. The Sidbury Scheme is part of this.

10 June, 2019

Sidbury Junction improvement scheme to start next week

Works to improve traffic flow in one of the busiest areas of Worcester City are set to start next week.

The improvements on the Sidbury Junction area will be completed by Worcestershire County Council and will include replacing the traffic light system, extending approach lanes and installing a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.

Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways, said: “It’s great news that work will soon start to improve one of the busiest parts of the city.

“Once the work is complete, the Sidbury Junction will benefit from modern technologies that help to improve traffic flow, vastly improving this busy area for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

“This is part of a wider programme of works that highlights the County Council’s commitment to relieving congestion across the county.”

A key part of the works is the replacement of the almost 50-year-old traffic light system with signals that use the latest technology. The new signals will regularly monitor traffic conditions and will adjust how long a particular light remains green based on the level of traffic.

To improve traffic flow along the City Walls Road from the north, the approach lanes will be extended to enable vehicles to get into the correct lane earlier.

There will also be improvements for pedestrians and cyclists with the installation of a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing. This will be installed at the northern end of Commandery Road and will include a central refuge to make it more user-friendly for pedestrians.

All the work will take place between Clare Street in the north, Wylde’s Lane in the east, the southern end of Commandery Road where it joins Bath Road and Cathedral Square in the west.

Although most of the daytime work will be carried out during the school holidays to minimise disruption. The initial works to carry out installation of ducting will start during the week commencing Monday 17 June, when there will be up to seven successive overnight closures between 8pm and 6am. The overnight work will be carried out in phases and will restrict the number of routes that are closed at any one time to minimise the impact of the work. Any diversions that are necessary will be signposted. 

During the works, the current traffic signals will need to be removed and temporary signals will be installed until the new signals are in operation.

31 May, 2019

Works to improve traffic flow in one of the busiest areas of Worcester are set to start in June.

 The improvements on the Sidbury Junction area will be completed by Worcestershire County Council and will include replacing the traffic light system, extending approach lanes and installing a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.

February 25, 2019

As previously communicated, the overall aim of the Sidbury junction improvement scheme, which will see the introduction of new signalling equipment to update the current 40 year old installation, will be to improve the efficiency of the signals. The upgrade will allow the sites to 'communicate' to each other when traffic flows vary and green light timings need to alter. The wider scheme will also consider enhancements to street lighting, footways and crossing facilities.

To introduce a signalised crossing at the bottom of Commandery Road, the central reservation will need to be widened. This in turn means that we will then need to move the carriageway and then the footway over into the slabbed area where the trees were.

In preparation for the works, three trees had to be removed from the bottom of Commandery Road ahead of the bird nesting season at the start of March to ensure that no nesting birds are affected by the removal of the trees. We will be planting replacement trees once the scheme is complete.

Main works are due to start later this year and we will be sharing more details of scheme closer to the time.

We always do what we can to prevent the removal of healthy street trees. When we absolutely have to, we always have a replanting strategy in place. Unfortunately, without the removal of these 3 trees, we would be unable to fully make the much needed improvements to this area with the aim of improving crossing facilities and relieving congestion.