18th Jan, 2020

£5million funding boost to cut congestion across the county

Harry Leach 14th Jan, 2020

AN additional £5million of funding to continue the relieving congestion programme across Worcestershire has been announced in the council’s draft budget.

The cash is being earmarked to support schemes being developed for Bromsgrove Town Centre, Evesham Town Centre, the roundabout at Hoobrook in Kidderminster and A38/A4104 staggered junction in Upton-Upon-Severn.

Improvements on Queen Street in Droitwich and Icknield Street Drive and Evesham Road in Redditch are also included.

This proposed funding is additional to the £5million in previous years and the £6.6million awarded by the Department for Transport (DfT).

In Worcester, some of the funding to relieve congestion previously announced has already been used to improve the Sidbury Junction and the Croft Road crossing.

The funding has also improved signals at key junctions across the city such as Shrub Hill/Midland Road, Seabright Avenue/London Road, at North Quay crossing, Dolday, The Butts and the signals outside of Waitrose on London Road.

Coun Alan Amos, cabinet Member for highways at Worcestershire County Council, said: “Congestion is a priority for us because we know it’s important for our residents.

“This additional money will help us to deliver bigger, better schemes to relieve congestion across the county as well as allowing us to add a few more improvement hot spots to the list.”

In addition more than half of the £6.6million awarded by the DfT is being used to improve a number of walking and cycling routes across Bromsgrove.

 

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