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Find out more about proposed £50 million A38 Bromsgrove improvements

A38 Oakalls Island Published Monday, 27th January 2020

Local residents, and those who use the A38 in Bromsgrove, are invited to public sessions to find out more about proposed improvements to the route.

New proposals designed to reduce congestion and improve connectivity in the area, will be explained at 5 information sessions for the public starting on February 5th. 

This route is one of Worcestershire’s busiest transport routes and a key area for improvements by Worcestershire County Council. Users of the route through Bromsgrove currently experience delay at key junctions, causing poor journey times. There are also issues with walking and cycling crossings on the A38.

The proposals form the Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP), which aims to provide additional highway capacity and promote walking and cycling alternatives, through a range of improvements along the whole corridor.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “This is a very busy route and one that is used for a wide range of journeys, from local trips into the town centre, to linking major road networks, such as the M5 and M42. 

“We’ve already made a start on improving this corridor and these additional schemes would go a long way to improving reliability of journey times for those who have to travel by car. They would also encourage people to use alternative travel by improving the local walking and cycling network.

“I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to come along to the sessions or look online and find out more about the proposed plans.”

The BREP follows work that began last year to make improvements to the junctions of the A38 with Barley Mow Lane, M5 Junction 4 and M42 Junction 1. This new wider proposed programme of works is being developed to deliver additional improvements on the A38 corridor between Lydiate Ash and the Hanbury Turn and consists of 12 individual schemes.

The County Council will be holding five information sessions, where the project team will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about the proposals, you can find them at; 

  • Wednesday 5th February, Finstall First School, 5pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 8th February, Bromsgrove High Street, 10am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 11th February, Catshill First School, 6pm to 8pm
  • Thursday 13th February, Lickey End First School, 5pm to 7pm
  • Friday 21st February, Avoncroft Arts Centre, 5pm to 7pm

More information on the proposed programme, including maps of each of the 12 schemes, will be available on the Worcestershire County Council website in advance of the first information session.

A funding application for £42 million to deliver the programme was submitted to the Department of Transport (DfT) last year with the support of the transport body for the Midlands, Midlands Connect. Some initial funding has already been secured through Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England.  A further contribution towards the scheme will also be provided by local contributions. The Council has already received £850k of funding from the DfT at the end of last year to support the development of the 12 schemes. The County Council should get feedback on this submission later this year.

Any comments or questions on the 12 schemes can be sent to majorprojects@worcestershire.gov.uk, the deadline for comments is Friday 20th March 2020.