Churchfields highway improvements start

The scheme to make improvements to transport links in the Churchfields area of Kidderminster has now started.

Works on the Churchfields Urban Highway Improvement Scheme will support the delivery of new homes planned for the area. The scheme is being delivered by Worcestershire County Council.

Preparatory works have already taken place to secure the former CMS site, including establishing site boundaries, installing fencing and ground investigation works. The next phase of the scheme will focus on the main programme of works, aimed at improving traffic flow and access in and around the Churchfields area. This work includes, converting Churchfields into an A-road, redesigning the gyratory at Horsefair, making Blackwell Street one way and creating a new link road access from the A456 Ringway roundabout through to Churchfields.

There will also be a dedicated left-in left-out junction, providing access to St Marys Street off the Ringway.

The improvements to Churchfields Highway have been made possible following a £1m investment from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £1.6m from Greater Birmingham Solihull LEP via the Government’s Growth Deal.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP, said: “It’s fantastic to see that highway improvements are now underway at Churchfields. We know how important it is to continue to invest in transport connectivity, particularly in the North of the county, and we are confident that the developments at Churchfields will help to keep Worcestershire’s businesses moving more freely.”