WORKS to improve the busy Hoobrook Junction in Kidderminster are set to start 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.

Hoobrook, a busy roundabout providing connectivity between the A442 Worcester Road, A449 Chester Road South, A449 Worcester Road and Wilden Lane, 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.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Councillor Alan Amos at the Hoobrook IslandCouncillor Alan Amos at the Hoobrook Island

This will be achieved by reconfiguring the central island and the splitter islands at each junction, including the 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 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 road works site will start to be set up from Monday, January 18, ahead of construction starting from Wednesday, January 27.

The scheme has been part-funded by the government’s Getting Building Fund with £1.3 million investment via the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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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 include those previously made at the Hoobrook junction in Kidderminster, Sidbury and St John’s in Worcester and Icknield Street Drive in Redditch.