Work to start on Worcestershire congestion blackspot junction

Work to relieve congestion at a Worcestershire traffic blackspot is set to start this month.

Improvements to Hoobrook Junction – a roundabout in Kidderminster linking the A442 Worcester Road, A449 Chester Road South, A449 Worcester Road and Wilden Lane – are set to start in January.

The roundabout experiences congestion at the morning and evening rush hours – when not in lockdown.

The completed works will see additional lanes at the roundabout and traffic signals on the ‘three main arms’ feeding in to it and the roundabout to ‘improve the flow and manoeuvrability of traffic’.

Worcestershire County Council said traffic will also be improved by reconfiguring the central island and the splitter islands at each junction, including Wilden Lane approach.

And it will not only be vehicle traffic that is improved with some footways being widened with cycleways being created ‘where possible’. The crossing over Chester Road South will also be ‘upgraded’.

The council said the works are part of its ‘multi-million pound programme of works to relieve congestion hot spots across the county’. And are aimed at ‘boosting economic growth and creating jobs’.

A host of improvements are set to be made to Hoobrook Junction in Kidderminster including ‘intelligent’ traffic lights

Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is excellent news to see another one of our Getting Building Fund projects starting. This work at Hoobrook Junction forms part of our package of congestion relief work for Worcestershire.

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“I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this work to build upon previous investments to develop this popular transport route, further supporting the county’s economic recovery.”

While Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, Councillor Alan Amos, said: “These improvements to the busy Hoobrook junction, when complete, will make a big difference to the flow of traffic up to and around the roundabout.

“Relieving congestion across the county remains one of our priorities and this is another scheme that shows our commitment to tackling the county’s congestion hot spots.”

The works site will start to be set up from January 18, with construction work beginning from Wednesday, January 27. They are set to be completed ‘by the autumn’.

The scheme, which has been part funded by the Government’s Getting Building Fund with a £1.3 million investment, via the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Other works aimed at improving congestion include previous work at Hoobrook Junction, and works at Sidbury and St John’s in Worcester, Icknield Street Drive in Redditch. Smaller pinch-point schemes have also been carried out.

Upcoming larger schemes include the A38 near Upton, Parkside junction in Bromsgrove and A456 at Hagley the council said.

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