Highways England is investing nearly £3 million in junction improvement schemes around the M42 and M5 in the Midlands to ease traffic delays, generate jobs and move plans to build nearly 2,000 homes a step closer.

Worcestershire will benefit from a Highways England contribution of £2.68 million to support two schemes to improve journeys around junction 4 of the M5 and junction 1 of the M42 near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

This funding boost announced today (Monday 28th January) comes from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund budget which is aimed at helping local communities unlock plans for future housing and to create better journey times and generate jobs.

The improvements, which include widening the A38 at junction 1 of the M42 and at M5 junction 4 to Lydiate Ash Road, are expected to significantly reduce queuing at peak times in the area and improve journey times. They are part of the wider A38 Bromsgrove Corridor scheme which, when complete, is expected to unlock a total of 1,946 homes and allow new offices and warehouse space to be built, creating employment opportunities in the local area.

Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Ken Pollock. said: “We welcome the £2.68 million funding from Highways England on this phase of our priority infrastructure scheme. The A38 is an important corridor for traffic travelling between residential areas in Bromsgrove and Redditch and employment areas in South Birmingham – this scheme aims to reduce congestion and improve journey times. We’ll be communicating more details about the scheme towards the end of February.”

The scheme is being developed by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Bromsgrove District Council and is being funded by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Highways England with further funding from the private sector.

Highways England Midlands regional director, Catherine Brookes, said: “Our roads are vital for the country and its economic success; they connect businesses and communities and support employment and new homes. All of our improvements will ultimately ensure our roads continue to improve journeys and unlock the potential for new jobs and homes.”

Worcestershire is receiving support from the fund that has already provided over £77 million to communities across the country, improving junctions and creating access to commercial land and new homes.

To date the specialist fund has made huge improvements and benefits to local communities, unlocking homes and jobs in Swindon, Exeter, Weston-super-Mare, Darlington, Scunthorpe, Grantham, Warrington, Derby, Oldham, Taunton, Durham, Daventry, Leicester and Southampton.

More details on the scheme will be shared by Worcestershire County Council over the coming months.