Updated: 7:31 am, Nov 06, 2015
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A MEETING between Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire Highways and the Bromsgrove Society has been held in a bid to sort out a long-term solution to the town’s traffic problems.
The get-together, which is the first time representatives from the three organisations have sat around the same table, was set up and chaired by MP Sajid Javid who decided, after speaking to the Bromsgrove Society, the issues needed tackling head-on.
The group discussed potential solutions including the idea of a Western Bypass and ‘pinch point’ works, like those currently happening on the M5 Junction 4a and 5, and introducing ‘Smart Motorways’ which carefully manage traffic flow.
They also discussed lengthening the M42 Junction 1 exit slip road.
Mr Javid said: “Traffic levels in our town can be a nightmare for commuters trying to get to work, drop the kids at school or just pop to the shops.
“We need to sort this out with a big picture, long-term strategy.
“It was a really helpful discussion and I look forward to updating my constituents on future results.”
Coun Kit Taylor, Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for planning and and deputy leader, said it was a continuation of the huge effort of Bromsgrove officers to improve local highways.”
A Bromsgrove Society spokesman said: “It’s good to know our local MP is listening to our ideas and taking action on this problem.
“With a number of housing developments in the pipeline it’s more crucial than ever that we find a long-term solution.”
John Smith, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for Highways, said: “We will work together with all key stakeholders in Bromsgrove to address the issues raised in the meeting.
“The results of the M5/M42 route study currently being carried out by Highways England will be pivotal to this.”
Adrian Hardman, Worcestershire County Council leader, said: “I was grateful to Sajid for bringing together this meeting.
“We all want to see a flourishing Bromsgrove and it’s important the county council works with local groups to get the necessary infrastructure plans in place.”
Highways England has agreed to investigate these ideas and report back to the group on what more can be done.
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