MUCH-needed improvements to increase capacity at the Bromsgrove junction of the M5 will improve drivers’ journeys, unlock the potential for new jobs and homes and help drive the local economy.
The works on Junction 4, which begin on Monday, June 8, and should be completed later this year, will include some lane restrictions and road closures.
The north and southbound sections of the A38 Halesowen Road near Junction 4 will be both widened and footways will be repositioned to accommodate the extra space.
The verges will also be widened to increase visibility.
The works are being carried out by Worcestershire County Council as part of the A38 Bromsgrove improvement scheme.
Barley Mow lane has already been revamped as part of the project and Junction 1 of the M42 will be redesigned later this year.
Coun Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s great we’re now in a position to start making improvements to this very busy section of the A38.
“The improvements being made to increase capacity on this junction will make a huge difference to the congestion currently seen there, by improving the flow of traffic coming onto and leaving the roundabout.”
The works are being delivered in partnership with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Highways England.
Highways England regional director Catherine Brookes said: “Our road network is vital to the UK’s economy, businesses large and small depend on it.
“We are committed to working with communities to generate future development and employment opportunities while ensuring better journey times.”
Works on M42 Junction 1 are also part of the overall A38 Bromsgrove Improvement Scheme and preparation work has already resumed, ahead of the main works starting in the summer.
Visit worcestershire.gov.uk/a38improvements for more on the scheme.