Busy 2020 ahead for WLEP Local Growth Fund Projects

A number of schemes that Worcestershire LEP has invested Local Growth Funds into are set to move forward in 2020.

The schemes delivered by Worcestershire County Council include Worcestershire Parkway Station, Pershore Northern Link Road, Churchfields and the A38.

Worcestershire Parkway station is set to open early this year. Construction is now complete at what will be the first station to open in the county for over 100 years and the rigorous rail industry ‘Entry into Service’ process is coming to an end. Once opened, the station will benefit from a 500 space car park and key peak services to and from London taking less than 2 hours, with a fastest time of 1 hour 49 minutes. Passengers will be able to get to Cardiff in 1 hour 23 minutes, to Nottingham in 1 hour 49 minutes. This Cardiff – Nottingham service is new to the county. Worcestershire LEP has invested £8.3m Local Growth Fund into this scheme.

The Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme which, when complete, will help to ease congestion and improve journey time reliability in the area, is set to move forward over the next couple of months. The next phase of works at Pinvin Junction is due to start at the end of this month and will involve carriageway widening of the A44 and work on the Pershore Northern Link Road will start later this year. Worcestershire LEP has invested £5m Local Growth Fund into this scheme.

The works at Churchfields in Kidderminster, which will improve traffic flow and access in the area when complete, will see more activity onsite in the coming months. The next phase of works, planned to start in February, will see part of Churchfields turned into an A-road and the restructure of the gyratory on the Horsefair to improve the traffic flow. Worcestershire LEP has invested £1m Local Growth Fund into this scheme.

The final part of phase 1 on the A38 in Bromsgrove, to reduce congestion along the route is set to complete this year with work set to start on the M5 J4 and M42 J1 in the coming months. Worcestershire LEP has invested £7.5m Local Growth Fund in this scheme.

For more information on all of these schemes, visit the Worcestershire County Council Major Projects web page.