Works to improve the busy Hoobrook Junction in Kidderminster are set to start later this month.
This scheme is part of Worcestershire County Council’s multi-million pound programme of works to relieve congestion hot spots across the county.
The scheme has also been part funded by the Government’s Getting Building Fund with £1.3M investment, via the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. The Getting Building Fund aims to boost economic growth, and fuel local recovery and job creation.
Hoobrook is a busy roundabout providing connectivity between the A442 Worcester Road, A449 Chester Road South, A449 Worcester Road and Wilden Lane, which currently experiences congestion at both morning and afternoon peak times.
The improvement works, which are planned to be completed by the Autumn, include additional lanes and signalisation on the three main arms and the roundabout itself to improve the flow and manoeuvrability of traffic.
This will be further achieved by reconfiguring the central island and the splitter islands at each junction, including Wilden Lane approach.
As part of the scheme, some footways in the area will also be widened to create improved footway and cycleway where possible, along with an upgraded crossing on Chester Road South.
Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility 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 18th January, ahead of construction works starting from Wednesday 27th January.
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.
“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.”
Other schemes within the Relieving Congestion Programme have made significant progress over the last few years with a number of complex improvements either already completed, ongoing or due to commence shortly.
These include those previously made at this junction in Kidderminster, Sidbury and St John’s in Worcester, Icknield Street Drive in Redditch along with a range of smaller pinch point removal schemes across the county. Upcoming larger schemes include the A38 near Upton, Parkside junction in Bromsgrove and A456 at Hagley.
To find out more about the Relieving Congestion Programme, please visit the Council’s website.
Pictured: Councillor Alan Amos at Hoobrook Island, Kidderminster