ALMOST £3million will be spent on junction improvements on the M42 and M5, writes Louise Newton.
Work will take place on Junction 4 of the M5 and Junction 1 of the M42, both near Bromsgrove.
The motorway exits will have their connection to the A38 widened to significantly reduce traffic build up at peak times.
The funding comes from Highway England’s Growth and Housing Fund, developed to help local communities, unlock plans for housing and enable better journeys and generate jobs.
The scheme stems from the wider A38 Bromsgrove Corridor project which is expected to unlock areas for around 2,000 homes and enable new offices and warehouses to be built. It is hoped this will create employment opportunities in the local area.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure Coun Ken Pollock. said: “We welcome the £2.68million funding from Highways England on this phase of our priority infrastructure scheme.
“The A38 is an important corridor for traffic travelling between residential areas in Bromsgrove and Redditch and employment areas in South Birmingham – this scheme aims to reduce congestion and improve journey times.”
He added more details on the scheme would be given towards the end of the month.
The M42 and M5 improvements were developed by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Bromsgrove District Council.
The works are being funded by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Highways England with further funding from the private sector.