17th Sep, 2019

Plans to improve A38 in Bromsgrove to cost millions

Correspondent 28th Aug, 2019

A TRANSPORT body has requested £41million from the government to deliver its programme and help relieve congestion on the A38 in Bromsgrove.

Midland Connect’s A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme has been included in a priority list of schemes for government funding.

It’s among 11 in the Midlands submitted to the Department for Transport, as part of a £3.5 billion fund available from 2020-2025.

The scheme looks to make improvements between the B4094 Worcester Road to the south and the M5 Junction 4 to the north.

Coun Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: “The A38 is extremely important for people travelling into and around the Bromsgrove area.

“Enabling traffic to flow better along the A38 and improving walking and cycling routes will provide a number of benefits, including reducing congestion and ensuring better access to housing and jobs.”

The total Midlands-wide funding request to the government is £596 million, with an additional £143 million to be funded locally.

If successful local authorities would deliver the physical infrastructure required.

Simon Statham, Midlands Connect’s head of technical programmes, said: “This stretch of the A38 has many different functions; a link to the M5, a bypass for Bromsgrove, and a local access route for residents and businesses.

“Its popularity makes it congested and unreliable in several areas, making these improvements essential to the success of North Worcestershire.

“Worcestershire County Council provided compelling evidence that the scheme will help create new jobs and homes, ease congestion for road users and encourage more walking and cycling.”

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