BROMSGROVE Liberal Democrats have welcomed Worcestershire County Council’s decision to pause plans to close the junction of School Lane and dual part of the A38 in Lickey End.
Earlier in the year, residents were furious to discover that the Highways Department was proposing to close the junction and the A38 under the Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme (BREP).
It would have seen one side of the A38 in Lickey End dualled as well as changes to pavements.
Almost 300 people signed a petition against the plans.
As a result, the Lickey End section is the only part of the programme that is now being stalled.
Bromsgrove Lib Dem councillor Rob Hunter, who represents Norton and Lickey End, has welcomed the U-turn.
He said: “Residents badly want to see the local road network improved but the priorities were all wrong in this plan.
“It was clear the changes were driven by a desire to reduce queuing on the M42 slip road rather than improve conditions for local residents.
“I look forward to seeing an improved plan which tackles the real issues in this area like speeding and congestion.
“We need wider pavements, better cycling provision, more pedestrian crossings and a reduced 30mph speed limit.”