Works to make improvements to transport links in the Churchfields area of Kidderminster are now complete.
The completion of this important scheme, delivered by Worcestershire County Council, is a key milestone in the longer-term plan to introduce much needed housing in this part of the town.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s great news that these works are now finished, and the transformation of the area is visible for everyone to see.
“The improvements made to the transport links will not only help to tackle congestion and improve traffic flow, they’re also an extremely important step towards further investment and much needed housing in the area.”
The finished Churchfields Highway Improvement Scheme now means there is a brand-new link access road from the A456 Ringway roundabout through to Churchfields. In addition, part of the road network has been converted into an A road, making the road and footpaths wider. The gyratory at Horsefair has also been redesigned and Blackwell Street has been made one-way allowing for better flow of traffic.
Work has also been completed to add a dedicated left in, left out junction, providing a new access route to St Marys Street off the Ringway.
Councillor Fran Oborski, Wyre Forest District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Planning and Capital Investments, said: “We are delighted the highway works have been completed. This milestone now unlocks the next phase of the Churchfields project.
“In 2011, the district council put together plans to create the Churchfields Urban Village – where more than 200 new houses have planning permission to be built on the former Tomkinson Carpets factory site. The urban village will provide sustainable and affordable homes for our residents.
“It’s pleasing that the hard work of the district council bringing together funding partners, Worcestershire County Council and the private sector landowners is finally coming to fruition.”
The improvements to the Churchfields highway have been made possible with funding from Homes England, as well as a £1m investment from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £1.6m from Greater Birmingham Solihull LEP via the Government’s Growth Deal fund. This fund has also helped to fund a number of other schemes in the Kidderminster area, and beyond, which have been delivered by Worcestershire County Council including the redevelopment of Kidderminster Train Station, town centre improvement works to Worcester Street and highways improvements in the Hoobrook area.
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP said: “The Churchfields Highway Improvement Scheme will deliver huge benefits to the local community, tackling congestion and easing traffic flow.
“It’s also an important first step towards building more news homes in the area. I’m proud that we have backed this scheme with a £2.6 million Local Growth Fund investment as part of our work to level-up towns and cities across the country.”
For more information about the scheme, visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/churchfields
Pictured: Work is now complete for the Churchfields Highway Improvement Project.