Further Bromsgrove walking and cycling improvements to start this month

Works on two schemes to make improvements along the A38 corridor in Bromsgrove will get underway this month.

These works, which will start during week commencing 15th February, are part of three schemes which are being delivered by Worcestershire County Council, prior to the wider A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP).

The works will make additional improvements and link into other schemes to enhance the cycling and walking network in and around the town.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “These schemes will add to the big improvements that we’ve already made to the cycling and walking network in Bromsgrove.

“We have brought these schemes forward ahead of the wider A38 Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme, to ensure that we continue the momentum in providing high quality walking and cycling routes, which provide attractive opportunities for people to use alternatives to their cars.”

Works on these two schemes will provide a new Toucan Crossing of the A448 Stratford Road, adjacent to Blackwood Road and Fordhouse Road and a segregated footway/cycleway between Harvington Road and Charford Lane.

The works on the segregated footway/cycleway between Harvington Road and Charford Lane will involve some vegetation clearance and the existing path will be closed throughout the works.

Some traffic management will be required on the A448 Stratford Road, though this will be kept to a minimum, so as not to restrict access to the Artrix Covid-19 Vaccination Centre.

Works on the third scheme will get underway in March and will include an upgrade to the northern footpath on Charford Road between the A38 and South Bromsgrove School and the installation of a new Toucan Crossing.

Works on these three schemes are being funded by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and are set for completion in the summer.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This work on the A38 corridor is vital to helping improve active travel across the county, providing congestion easing benefits for businesses, commuters and visitors alike.

“I am pleased that work is commencing safely and look forward to seeing the benefits this programme brings to the popular transport route later this year.”

The A38 BREP has been included in a priority list of schemes for government funding by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect, with a funding request for £42 million to deliver it.

The proposed scheme is amongst 11 in the Midlands submitted to the DfT, as part of a £3.5 billion fund.

Find out more about the A38 BREP on the County Council website at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/a38brep