A LEADING county councillor has welcomed action to tackle traffic congestion at a busy Pinvin ‘pinch point’ but warned more needs to be done to solve the problems.
Coun Liz Tucker spoke to the Observer after county transport chiefs confirmed a bid to improve the A44 junction and speed up journey times for long-suffering motorists.
The junction runs through Pinvin and is regularly beset by congestion with traffic from Station Road meeting vehicles using the bypass.
Coun Tucker said many people in Pershore were worried about the new homes on Station Road and the impact that would have on the town’s already bad traffic problems.
“This has been a difficult pinch point for the past 10 years or more,” said Coun Tucker.
“There is a real problem at the Pinvin crossroads at peak times as you have traffic coming out of Pershore and from along the bypass coverging on a small junction.
“The need to change the speed the traffic lights change is not enough on its own. The long term solution is the Northern Link Road.
“Improving the lights at the junction will keep the traffic flowing. Done together with work on the Northern Link Road it will solve the problems faced by motorists every day,” she added.
Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin pushed for traffic congestion to be eased at the village crossroads after she was asked to intervene by fed-up motorists.
“The traffic lights at the A44 can cause local people delays, especially when large vehicles get caught up trying to cross the main junction,” Mrs Baldwin said.
“After raising this matter with the county council, I delighted to hear it has investigated this issue and pencilled the junction for improvements.
“The A44 is a vital route for commuters and it’s essential we make journeys as painless as possible for commuters and local residents.
“I’m happy the county transport team has now put the junction on its list of projects for improvement works in the coming years.” she added.
The junction sits between the boundary between the West Worcestershire and Mid Worcestershire parliamentary constituency and Evesham’s MP also lent his support to the work.
“This junction is an ongoing pain point to the constituents of both West and Mid Worcestershire,” he said.
“I’m as pleased as Harriett is that the council has identified it as an area requiring improvement.”
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