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Advanced works planned at Churchfields

Churchfields advanced work site Published Monday, 22nd July 2019

Advanced works are set to get underway next week ahead of the Churchfields Urban Highway Improvement Scheme which is planned to start later in the year.

Works to secure the former CMS site in Churchfields, Kidderminster will start on Wednesday 31 July and will include fencing to restrict access. Preparatory work will be taking place on the storage building, with ground investigation and trial holes also being carried out.

All work will take place away from the road network, so there will be no disruption to traffic or pedestrians.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "The start of these advanced works marks another step forward in the development of this ambitious scheme.

“The improvements that we’re making to transport links in this area will help to support in delivering new homes in this priority housing location.”

The planned scheme to deliver major road improvements in the area includes, making Churchfields partially one way, redesigning the gyratory at Horsefair, making Blackwell Street one way, and creating a new link road access from the A456 Ringway roundabout through to Churchfields.

There will also be a dedicated left in left out (LILO) length and weight restricted access to St Marys Street off the Ringway.

Around 300 new homes are planned to be built on the former Tomkinson Carpets site and adjoining land.

Wyre Forest District Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Capital Investments Councillor Fran Oborski, said: “I’m delighted to see the preparatory work begin on this exciting regeneration project. Not only will it create much needed new homes for the district, it will help reduce traffic congestion at one of the busiest approaches to Kidderminster town centre and ultimately improve air quality for local residents.”

More information about the scheme and the programme of works which are planned to start later this year, will be available in the coming months.