Phase 3 of A38 BREP improvements
Read about the various stages and processes involved with this Phase of the improvements.
Worcestershire County Council was successful in gaining approval for more than £43 million to invest in improvements to the A38 in Bromsgrove.
The ambitious scheme will help to tackle congestion, improve local journey times, encourage active travel and support new jobs and homes.
The A38 currently experiences significant congestion at peak times leading to unreliable journey times for residents and businesses and is set to worsen if the improvements are not made.
The project will see capacity improvements at key junctions together with localised road widening, thereby helping to improve traffic flow and reduce unnecessary bottlenecks along the route between Junction 4 of the M5 to the north and the A38/B4094 to the south. Improvements will be made to cycling facilities including the provision of an active travel route between the train station and the town centre which will include new road crossings.
This will improve safety and provide more options for active travel. Real Time Information will be installed at bus stops along key routes crossing the A38 which will provide passengers with live updates to help them plan their journeys better
The total cost of the scheme is c£50 million, with the Department for Transport committing to provide just over £43 million and Worcestershire County Council providing the remainder, largely funded by contributions that developers are required to make to improve transport infrastructure.
For any comments or questions please contact our Major Projects team
A38 BREP Phase 3 overview
An overview of each scheme that forms part of A38 BREP Phase 3 can be seen here:
Phase 3 walking and cycling improvements
As part of the A38 BREP Phase 3, the proposals include improvements to the active travel infrastructure (walking, cycling, wheeling etc) across and adjacent to the A38. This includes three schemes improving footways, and introducing traffic calming measures.
The designs for these 3 schemes (Scheme 3, Scheme 6 and Scheme 9) will be updated here shortly.
- Scheme 3: Bromsgrove Train Station to Town Centre
- Scheme 6: Regents Park Road
- Scheme 9: Stratford Road to Harvington Road (Scheme 2a)
Phase 3 public transport improvements
The A38 BREP phase 3 includes 2 schemes to help improvements to the provision of passenger transport services.
- Scheme 7: Bus shelters and RTI
- Scheme 8: Public transport select vehicle detection
Phase 3 route enhancement schemes
The A38 BREP Phase 3 includes 6 schemes aiming to improve the facilities for those living in and travelling around Bromsgrove through improvements to junction facilities, including increased vehicle capacity, improved crossing facilities, improved footways and active travel infrastructure.
Maps of the proposals will be included below shortly.
- Scheme A (Part): A38 / Hanbury Road
- Scheme B (Part): A38 / Buntsford Drive to south of A38 / Charford Road
- Scheme C: A38 / Stoke Road / Charford Road
- Scheme D: A38 / New Road
- Scheme E: A38 / A448 (Oakalls Roundabout)
- Scheme F: A38 / Birmingham Road to the south of M42 Junction 1
Details of the public engagement which has taken place around the A38 BREP schemes is included in the section below.
A38 BREP Public Engagement Exercise (2020)
Initial A38 BREP Phase 3 Public Engagement Exercise 2020
As part of the process of building the business case for the Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP), Worcestershire County Council carried out an engagement exercise to seek feedback from stakeholders and the public on the proposals in early 2020. Please note: that some of these schemes have been amended to reflect the comments received as part of the engagement process, see the latest maps above.
When the engagement exercise took place and who with
The engagement period ran for six weeks until 20 March 2020. The process was promoted via the local press, on social media, and via the County Council’s website.
As part of the engagement exercise, the project team held regular meetings with local members and district councillors.
During this engagement period, five public engagement sessions were held as follows:
- Wednesday 5 February, Finstall First School (5:00pm to 7:00pm)
- Saturday 8 February, Bromsgrove High Street (10:00am to 2:00pm)
- Tuesday 11 February, Catshill First School (6:00pm to 8:00pm)
- Thursday 13 February, Lickey End First School (5:00pm to 7:00pm)
- Friday 21 February, Avoncroft Arts Centre (5:00pm to 7:00pm)
Nearly 1,500 people attended the sessions, which offered the opportunity to review the maps of the 12 proposed schemes and discuss them in more detail with officers.
Three unstaffed displays were also placed in libraries at Alvechurch, Bromsgrove and Catshill all of which showed the objectives and pointed people towards the website for more details. The displays were available for six weeks until 20 March 2020.
How could people give their feedback?
The main method for people to respond was via a closely monitored email address. This was promoted via the signpost cards which directed people to the County Council website. For those without access to the internet, an alternative was provided to manually write comments at the exhibitions.
Summary of the feedback
We received 133 emails in total, which included 246 separate comments on various parts of the proposed scheme, they break down as below:
|In relation to||Number of comments|
|Scheme 2 - Charford Road to Harvington Road||2|
|Scheme 3 - Harvington Road to Old Station Road||31|
|Scheme 4 - A448 near Blackwood Road||2|
|Scheme 5 - Fordhouse Road to Carnforth Road||5|
|Scheme A - A38 Hanbury Road||1|
|Scheme B1 - A38 Buntsford Drive, Stoke Road and Sherwood Road||10|
|Scheme C - A38 Stoke Road and Charford Road||6|
|Scheme D - A38 New Road||4|
|Scheme E - A38 and A448||14|
|Scheme F - A38 Birmingham Road and M42 Junction 1||90|
|Scheme G - A38 Golden Cross Lane and Braces Lane||3|
|Others (including the development of a Western Bypass)||24|
|More information required||5|
|Concerns with engagement process||13|
We also received a petition which includes 250 signatures against the proposals on Scheme F to make amends to the junction of School Lane with the A38.
During the course of the engagement period, the County Council had the opportunity to hear from a wide range of people regarding the proposals. All feedback and comments were considered when developing our plans and have fed into the design for the project.
There were a lot of positive comments in recognition of the current issues with congestion on the A38 through Bromsgrove and the Council’s ambition to improve the situation. The Council was also able to pick up awareness of any concerns with any elements of the proposals, these focussed around the plans for School Lane (Scheme F), which raised 12 separate concerns and the new bridge linking Old Station Road with Harvington Road (Scheme 3), which raised 8 separate concerns. The Council was able to get important local knowledge which has helped develop the proposals.
The feedback has been used to evolve the proposals and progress the funding bid and business case. Some immediate responses to the feedback can be found in Appendix A.
The council would like to thank those who attended the engagement sessions and those who provided their comments.
Further engagement 2021
Additional Engagement was undertaken in early 2021 to share information on two new schemes that emerged following feedback received from the initial engagement exercise in early 2020. The two new schemes sought to make further improvements to the walking and cycling network (Scheme 1 and Scheme 6). Due to COVID-19, the exercise did not involve community events, but focused instead on media releases directing interested parties to the council webpages and a letter drop to residents and businesses close to the proposed schemes. 10 respondents submitted 17 comments and these have been summarised in the table.
|Comments summary||Number of comments|
Supportive of measures generally
Crossing at Slideslow Drive is not direct enough for cyclists
Unsupportive of the 'cycle path' in Oakalls as not wide enough
Queries on the information (e.g. planting) which were answered directly
Cycling provision should be more extensive and link into other areas of the network
Again, the council would like to thank those who responded to this engagement exercise for providing their comments.
A38 BREP Public Engagement Exercise scheme 3 and scheme 5 2021
A comprehensive initial Phase 3 engagement exercise took place in 2020 which included the early plans for Scheme 3 and Scheme 5. A summary of this exercise can be seen above under the heading A38 BREP Public Engagement Exercise (2020). As the A38 BREP business case developed it became necessary to submit Schemes 3 and 5 for planning permission as they consisted of bridge structures that required consent.
A pre-planning engagement exercise was therefore undertaken to support the planning application.
Pre-planning Public Engagement Exercise for A38 BREP Scheme 3 and Scheme 5
A pre-planning engagement took place over the summer of 2021 for Scheme 3 and Scheme 5. These schemes form part of the proposed walking and cycling improvements within the A38 BREP Outline Business Case, to provide improved connectivity between the west and east sides of the A38 for pedestrians and cyclists.
Residents were urged to submit comments by 13 August, 2021, to inform a planning application due to be submitted later in 2021.
The schemes involve replacing the pedestrian and cycle bridge between Fordhouse Road and Carnforth Road, allowing for cycle movements and modern accessibility standards and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge between the two ends of Old Station Road at the location of the existing at grade pedestrian crossing of the A38.
Due to COVID-19, the exercise did not involve community events, but instead focused on media releases directing interested parties to the County Council webpages and a letter drop to directly impacted residents close to the proposed schemes.
How was the feedback used?
The feedback has been used to evolve the proposals and the Outline Business Case. Following analysis of feedback the decision was made to amend scheme 3 to an active travel corridor rather than a new bridge, and the engagement for this scheme is outlined below.
Scheme 5 forms part of the proposal for phase 4 of the A38 BREP project, and is subject to future funding.
The council would like to thank those who contributed to the engagement exercise by providing their comments.
The Local Transport Plan
The Fourth Worcestershire Local Transport Plan was subject to a full 12 week statutory public consultation between December 2016 and March 2017.
For more information see The Local Transport Plan.
A38 BREP Public Engagement Exercise Scheme 3 and Scheme 9 2022
The Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP) Scheme 3 footbridge scheme was paused in late 2021, due to changes in the national guidance for infrastructure of this kind whilst Worcestershire County Council explored the possibility of other options that could deliver similar objectives.
The alternative proposals include a walking and cycling route or “Active Travel Corridor” that connects the railway station with the town centre.
The new scheme would involve widening several footway sections to create shared pedestrian/cycleways. It is proposed to make Drummond Road one way (southbound) and introduce traffic calming measures to improve safety around Aston Fields Middle School. Improvements would also be made to the public space in Aston Fields as well as upgrading existing pedestrian / cycle infrastructure.
In addition, the County Council is proposing to encourage walking and cycling along the Fordhouse Road/Bant Mill Road and Harvington Road corridor (Scheme 9) by introducing traffic calming measures to assist with reducing vehicle speeds.
Towards the end of summer 2022, people were encouraged to have their say on the alternative proposals and a summary report outlining the main themes identified during this exercise can be found at the link below:
Earlier A38 BREP Phase 3 Business cases
The previous business cases submitted to the Department for Transport (Strategic Outline Business Case and Outline Business Case) can be found below.
A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme Strategic Outline Business Case
A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme Outline Business Case
A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme FBC
- Chapter 1, 2 and 3: Executive Summary, Business Alignment and Strategic Dimension (PDF)
- Chapter 4: Traffic Modelling (PDF)
- Chapter 5: Economic Dimension (PDF)
- Chapter 6: Commercial Dimension (PDF)
- Chapter 7: Finance Dimension (PDF)
- Chapter 8: Management Dimension (PDF)
The appendices to the Full Business Case (FBC) are available on request. For any associated Appendix please contact Major Projects team.