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Relieving Congestion Background

Relieving congestion across the county is a key priority for us.

Since the original £5m budget was allocated in 2017, we have been working through the known congestion sites to assess, design and implement solutions across the county.

In addition to the allocated budget, we also secured £6.6million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) via the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). This funding is ring-fenced for investment in areas that are key to boosting productivity including local roads with the aim of:

  1. Easing congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional or local routes
  2. Unlocking economic and job creation opportunities
  3. Enabling the delivery of new housing developments

We won two separate bids - £3.4m of which has been used to fund the walking and cycling improvements in in Bromsgrove and £3.2 for improvements along the A44 through Worcester’s city centre.

Across Bromsgrove district, we have enhanced several key walking and cycling corridors into the town. As well as these, we have improved the Hanover Street crossing facility to the south and Market Street crossing to the west of the town, we have also upgraded the crossing on the A448 Kidderminster Road, that helps link the Sanders Park cycling links to the town centre.

In Worcester, we have successfully introduced new crossing schemes at Croft Road and Pheasant Street. We have also enhanced the Sidbury and St John’s areas of the city, with partial funding being achieved through this NPIF funding bid.

A further £10m budget was allocated to four key junctions across the county. Hoobrook roundabout in Kidderminster has been signalised and received a positive reaction from the public. We have upgraded the signalised junction of Port Street in Evesham, as well as incorporating a push button-controlled crossing facility. We are nearing the completion of the A38 Upton roundabout construction, scheduled for this Autumn 2022. We have also commenced works to upgrade the junction of Parkside in Bromsgrove, scheduled for completion in late Summer 2022.

We will continue to assess future sites of congestion concern and work to improve the county moving forward.