26th Oct, 2020

Drivers warned about main Bromsgrove road closures

Tristan Harris 22nd Sep, 2020 Updated: 22nd Sep, 2020

DRIVERS in Bromsgrove are being warned about the closure of the A38 between Junction 4 of the M5 and Junction 1 of the M42.

The stretch will be shut from 9pm tonight to 6am tomorrow and during the same times on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Motorists are urged to find alternative routes as only those living in the area will be able to access it.

The works are part of the A38 corridor improvement scheme.

The need to improve the A38 corridor from Lydiate Ash (M5, Junction 4) to Hanbury Turn (junction with B4091 Hanbury Road) was identified in Worcestershire’s Fourth Local Transport Plan.

The aim of the A38 improvements is to ensure Bromsgrove area can be ‘open for business’ and the project is being undertaken to encourage economic growth.

The improvement schemes include a series of junction enhancements where delay and congestion are currently experienced or where conditions are predicted to deteriorate further without intervention.

They also include a range of improvements to cycling and walking routes alongside and over the A38.

A lot of drivers use the A38 to link the M5 and M42 and to bypass Bromsgrove town centre.

Worcestershire Highways, which is putting the scheme in place, says if nothing is done congestion, which is already a problem in the area, will get worse.

Other strands of the programme include better access to and from Bromsgrove town centre and railway station in order to support viable alternatives to using a car for short journeys.

The proposed Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP) is currently in development and aims to provide additional highway capacity and promote walking and cycling as an alternative, through a range of improvements along the whole corridor.

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