The scheme to tackle congestion and improve traffic flows in the Pershore area will start this month.
Works at Pinvin Junction will start during week commencing 14 October and are part of the wider Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme - a programme of works aimed at improving traffic links and reducing congestion in and around Pershore.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "There are a number of transport issues just outside Pershore and this scheme aims to address one of the congestion hotspots in the area.
“This work is another example of the County Council’s commitment to tackling congestion at key sites across the county.”
Initial works near the junction will include the setting-up of the site compound and the site boundaries. Works will then move on to the installation of a new slip road from Pinvin Main Street to the A44 and widening works on the approaches to the junction.
Some of these essential works will be completed under temporary traffic signals and lane closures, with full closures needed overnight towards the end of the scheme to complete re-surfacing work. Diversions will be in place during any closures.
To allow the works to progress, a road closure will be in place on Terrace Road from Friday 25 October until Sunday 3 November. This is to enable BT Open Reach to carry out a major utility diversion needed due to changes in the junction layout.
The improvements to Pinvin Junction have been made possible following a £5m investment from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) via the Government’s Growth Deal.
Minister of State for Local Growth, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the UK and ensuring every community has the support and investment it needs to flourish as we leave the EU on 31 October.
“Thanks to £5m of Government investment from the Local Growth Fund, we’re making real, congestion-busting improvements to local roads, making it easier for drivers across the county to complete their day to day journeys and with the potential to attract increased business investors into the county.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP, said: “We’re delighted that work is now underway on improvements to the Pinvin Junction. This work will help to reduce congestion on the roads and keep our thriving businesses moving. By investing heavily in the county’s transport infrastructure, we are helping to strengthen Worcestershire’s reputation as a connected county.”
Funding for the project has also been received from Wychavon District Council.
Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The enhancements to Pinvin Junction are a significant step forward towards alleviating congestion and along with the planned Northern Link Road will improve traffic links in and around Pershore. We are delighted to be supporting this project which aims to make the journeys of residents and visitors easier from day-to-day”.
For more information and to keep up-to-date with the scheme visit the Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme page of the Council's website.