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Walking and cycling improvements to push ahead

Fordhouse Road off the A448 in Bromsgrove, where we're proposing to install a new Toucan Crossing as part of the works Published Monday, 21st December 2020

Works on three proposed schemes to make improvements along the A38 corridor in Bromsgrove are set to go ahead, prior to the wider A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP) being delivered by Worcestershire County Council.

The three schemes will make additional improvements and link into other schemes, to enhance the cycling and walking network in and around the town.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s great that we’re now in a position to move forward with these schemes. The three schemes will add to the improvements that we’ve already made to the cycling and walking network in Bromsgrove.

“With more people now walking and cycling regularly, we need to further improve active travel in Bromsgrove to try and relieve pressures on the A38 and surrounding areas. We’re bringing these three schemes forward, to meet this need as soon as possible.

“They are just the start of our proposals to relieve congestion and improve the A38 through Bromsgrove, both for those travelling by car and for those using other alternatives to get about the town.”

These three schemes aim to provide a high-quality walking and cycling corridor between the Artrix area and Charford Road. 

The works include, a new Toucan Crossing of the A4448 Stratford Road, adjacent to Blackwood Road and Fordhouse Road, a segregated footway/cycleway between Harvington Road and Charford Lane and an upgrade to the northern footpath on Charford Road between the A38 and South Bromsgrove School, which will include a new Toucan Crossing.

Works are set to start on these three schemes early in 2021 and follow completion of a dedicated right turn lane into Barley Mow Lane and works which are ongoing to improve capacity at J4 of the M5 and J1 of the M42.

The programme of works, which were subject to public engagement sessions earlier this year, includes a proposal to make capacity improvements between the M42 and Birmingham Road, which aims not only to reduce congestion on the A38 but to reduce the likelihood of traffic backing-up onto the M42. 

Further survey and modelling work is required on this scheme before it can be included in the business case which the County Council approved last month for submission to the Department for Transport (DfT) in support of a funding bid.

The A38 BREP has been included in a priority list of schemes for government funding by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect, with a funding request for £42 million to deliver it.

The proposed scheme is amongst 11 in the Midlands submitted to the DfT, as part of a £3.5 billion fund.

Find out more about the A38 BREP on the County Council website