By Rob George 17/02 Updated: 17/02 14:10
COUNTY highway chiefs have not ruled out dualling some parts of a busy commuter route on the outskirts of Worcester.
Members of Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet confirmed the ambition to convert sections of the A4440 into a dual carriageway at a meeting last Thursday (February 9).
But transport chiefs said it remained a long-term vision and stressed vital work to improve traffic flow at a roundabout on one of Worcester’s most congested roads needed to take place.
Members of the cabinet backed plans to spend £1.7million on a package of improvements to the Whittington roundabout.
The county council is investing £1.3m in the scheme, with the rest of the funding being made up of contributions from Worcester City Council and Wychavon and Malvern Hills district councils.
Work will begin this summer with council chiefs hoping to minimise disruption by carrying out work during the school holidays and in quieter spells.
The main improvement will see the introduction of a slip lane onto and off Crookbarrow Way.
Coun Simon Geraghty, cabinet member responsible for economy and infrastructure, said: “We know the Worcester southern link road is a vital road not just for Worcester but for the whole of South Worcestershire because it links communities.
“The long term aim in terms of future bids for any funding is to dual a section of the southern link road but that would be subject to further reports to the council.”
Improvements to the Ketch and Norton roundabouts further along the A4440 are also set to take place next year.
Worcester City Council’s cabinet agreed to invest £100,000 from its New Homes Bonus pot of cash towards the Whittington scheme at a meeting on Tuesday night (February 14).
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