This scheme is part of the governmentâ€™s Road Investment Strategy to enhance, renew and improve the network. It is the final phase of a package of ongoing investment in the junctions along this key strategic route. We have already completed junction improvement work at junctions 5 and 7. We also recently upgraded the section between junctions 4a to 6 to a Smart Motorway.
This improvement work will complement these other schemes to improve local and national journeys. Once completed, the scheme will reduce congestion and support future economic growth in the greater Worcester area.
We've already started site clearance work in readiness for the main work. This includes vegetation clearance, which is needed to prepare for the widening of the lanes.
Main work will start on 30 April 2018. We will need various overnight closures during the first week at the junction and approaches to install the traffic management.
Once we have put the traffic management in place there will be restrictions at the junction and the approaches.
|January 2018||Advanced work started|
|April 2018||Main work to start|
Why we need this scheme
We announced a number of major schemes in our Delivery Plan as part of the Governmentâ€™s 5-year Road Investment Strategy (RIS) from 2015 -2020. This included junction improvement work at junctions 5, 6 and 7 of the M5. We have completed improvements to junctions 5 and 7 and plan to carry out work at junction 6 next year.
We recognise that there is never a good time to carry out such significant improvement work at this busy location. We will work hard to complete this scheme as quickly as we can, keeping drivers on the move and disruption to a minimum.
This is a period of important investment in the M5 and we appreciate that there has been a substantial amount of roadworks in this region over the past few years. We would like to thank you for your patience while we make sure this route can serve constituents, commuters and other drivers for many years to come.
The aims of this scheme are to:
- improve journey times
- reduce congestion
- support local and strategic economic growth
The scheme in detail
As part of the improvement scheme, weâ€™ll increase capacity of the junction by widening the roundabout, the slip roads and all of the approaches.
To maintain a safe environment for our workers and the travelling public we will need to put a 30mph speed limit on the roundabout and its approaches. As we are working on the slip roads, we will also need to put a 50mph speed limit on the M5 carriageway for a 1km section on the northbound and southbound approaches to the junction.
We have designed this traffic management layout to help us to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible while minimising impact to drivers.
To improve the flow of traffic around the junction, we will install two new sets of traffic signals at the junction at the A4538 Pershore Lane South and the A449. This will help improve journey time reliability by reducing congestion and queuing, particularly during peak times. Weâ€™ll also put new road surfacing, road markings, signs and street lighting in place to make it safer around the junction.
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