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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.

Four key schemes in Worcester City will be progressed within the next year, namely the Croft Road crossing, Sidbury/ City Walls Road signals, replacement of the Asda zebra crossing in the heart of the City and St Johns/The Bullring.

Modelling work is being carried out across Kidderminster so that a staged plan of improvement can be produced. We will then move onto modelling work in, as we try to improve the journeys for people travelling the A448 from Kidderminster to the A38/M5, considering key junctions to the west of the town.

Evesham modelling work, in conjunction with the Signals Team, has created a suite of improvements for the busy north/south High Street corridor between Greenhill and Abbey Bridge, hoping to start work later in 2019.

This year's Budget has allocated a further £5m over the next three year period which will used to for the following: improvements at the A38 Upton Junction and A449 Hoobrook Roundabout in Kidderminster, implementing improvements from the Evesham transport strategy and the Bromsgrove transport strategy.

In addition to the budget we have allocated, we also secured £6.6million of funding from the 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.

Successes so far (June 2019) include:

  • the roundabout arm at Icknield Street Drive, Redditch where we have widened the approach from the south to improve flow and capacity;
  • traffic Regulation Order amendments on the approaches to the signalised junctions at the A435 Astwood Bank and Hanbury Road, Droitwich have allowed us to remove parking, clear detection loops and vastly improve the efficiency and capacity for traffic;
  • A442/A449 at Hoobrook /Chester Road South island, Kidderminster whereby opening up the dual carriageway exit north, revised carriageway markings and reconfigured signals at the A4420 Hoobrook Link Road have allowed us to massively reduce congestion to the south;
  • we have improved journey times along Worcester Road, Bromsgrove by removing pinch points and narrowed sections of carriageway, which has also aided the issues of this AQMA (Air Quality Management Area)
  • in Worcester, we have invested in new equipment at many signalised sites to improve their efficiency including:
  • Shrub Hill/Tallow Hill/Midland Rd – we have also re-configured the signal phasing to improve traffic flow and queuing at this busy 4-armed junction on the Hospital/City corridor;
  • Waitrose and Sebright signal improvements have seen increased green time for the A44 corridor, helping to improve journey times between the M5 and City; c.
  • Deansway, North Parade and New Rd pedestrian crossings have all been upgraded to better integrate them into the SCOOT system across the City, reducing unnecessary delays;
  • Copenhagen St, Dolday and New Road signals have also been improved which brings benefits to those junctions independently, but when the A44 corridor is completed, it will allow the whole route to work efficiently.