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Have your say on A38 plans

Posted on March 18 2020 at 12:37:54

County, district and parish councillors are urging residents to have their say on the planned A38 improvements before the deadline for March 20.

The Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme, which is available to view on the Worcestershire County Council website (, includes widening and adding extra lanes to the A38 in places, but the main development that would affect people in the Village area is a change in access to and from School Lane, Lickey End.

One option is complete closure of the junction where School Lane meets the A38, although Coun Janet King told Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council she thinks this is less likely.

The other option would continue to allow drivers to turn left out of School Lane on to the A38, but traffic approaching from Bromsgrove would no longer be permitted to turn right into School Lane from the A38 – meaning that to access Lickey End, Burcot, Blackwell and beyond, motorists would have to either navigate the busy M42 island or use the very narrow Old Burcot Lane.

Lickey & Blackwell’s parish clerk Lisa Winterbourn said: “This would have a really big impact here – Old Burcot Lane isn’t really useable in poor weather, but if people have to go up to the motorway island, they’ll be using Alcester Road which is narrow with lots of parked cars.”

She also reported on a the planned change to the junction of Alvechurch Highway and Lydiate Ash Road, where an additional lane on the A38 is set to be created.

“It’s already hard to turn right on to Lydiate Ash Road, and under this plan you’d have to cross two lanes of traffic. They are forcing local residents on to the A38 in most difficult places.”

She pointed out that some residents may not be aware of the plans because the area no longer receives local newspapers, but that anyone wishing to make a comment should contact county councillor Kit Taylor directly on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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