Significant progress has been made on a number of large infrastructure schemes in Worcestershire in 2018.
Great strides have been made with the construction of Worcestershire Parkway and the redevelopment of the Kidderminster Station.
Progress has also been made with works on the Southern Link Road to fully dual from the M5 to Powick Roundabout.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "We have a number of significant schemes across the county aimed at improving connectivity and over the course of 2018 we made huge progress on them.
"I'm looking forward to a prosperous 2019 - with the county having one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, it's important to have the infrastructure to ensure the future economy stays bright."
Worcestershire Parkway station, situated just off Junction 7 of the M5, saw considerable development throughout the year. A new roundabout on the B4F084 to gain access to the station was constructed throughout the summer and opened in the autumn. In October, drone footage of the main station build was released showing the steelworks and glazing progressing well.
Worcestershire Parkway will see even more progress in 2019. The three 265 metre platforms and 500 space carpark will be built in spring ahead of the station then being handed over to Network Rail and Great Western Railway (GWR) to get the station ready for opening. The station will be served from opening by both Great Western Railway (GWR) and CrossCountry, who do not currently service any stations in Worcestershire.
Rail travel in Kidderminster is also set to be improved in 2019 with the redevelopment of Kidderminster Station, due to open towards the end of the year. The new glass fronted station building, which is double the size of the current building, will include a new café, shop, toilets and an indoor seating area.
Progress has also gone well on the dualling of the Southern Link Road (SLR) where over 30,000 cars use the road every weekday. At the end of May, a 1,500 tonne railway bridge extension was moved into place to enable a segment of dualling. In 2019 the final phase of the scheme begins which will see a new river bridge and 1.5km of viaduct and causeway being built between the Ketch and Powick Roundabouts. Work will also begin to complete the Broomhall Way Footbridge and Crookbarrow Way Bridleway Bridge which will provide access from St Peters to Norton and the new development areas to the south of Broomhall Way.
Early this year, Spire Healthcare and Material Solutions, part of the Siemens group, were announced as new tenants for the Worcester Six investment site. Back in the summer, the leading manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom products, Kohler Mira, also announced its plans to create a state-of-the-art distribution, training and office unit at Worcester Six. The parent company of leading UK shower brand Mira Showers, is initially investing over £20million in the first phase of its 11.3 acre development.
As work continues on these and many more big schemes to improve our transport infrastructure, keep up to date with progress on the Major Infrastructure and Improvement Schemes page of the County Council's website.