Work set to start to free up traffic - The Evesham Observer

Work set to start to free up traffic

Rob George 5th Oct, 2019   0

A MAJOR revamp of a congested Pinvin junction to tackle delays and improve traffic flows into Pershore will begin later this month, highways chiefs have revealed.

Work at Pinvin junction will start during the week beginning Monday, October 14 and are part of the wider Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme – a programme of works aimed at improving traffic links and reducing congestion in and around the town.

A new 50-metre link road will be built off Main Street heading out of Pinvin to reduce the traffic at the crossroads meaning traffic wishing to turn left at the junction to head towards Evesham will be taken away from the current crossroads.

Traffic heading from Evesham wishing to turn right onto Main Street will also use the new junction to ensure the crossroads will only allow motorists to turn left into Pershore or continue on the A44.

Coun Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “There are a number of transport issues just outside Pershore and this scheme aims to address one of the congestion hotspots in the area.”

Initial works near the junction will include the setting-up of the site compound and the site boundaries.

Work will then move on to the installation of a new slip road from Main Street in Pinvin to the A44 and widening the road on the approaches to the junction.

Some of these essential works will be completed under temporary traffic signals and lane closures, with full closures needed overnight towards the end of the scheme to complete re-surfacing work. Diversions will be in place during any closures.

To allow the works to progress, Terrace Road will be closed from Friday, October 25 until Sunday, November 3 to enable BT Openreach to carry out necessary work due to changes in the junction layout.

The improvements to Pinvin Junction have been made possible following a £5million investment from Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership via the Government’s Growth Deal and cash from Wychavon District Council.

Coun Bradley Thomas, leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “The enhancements to Pinvin Junction are a significant step forward towards alleviating congestion and along with the planned Northern Link Road will improve traffic links in and around Pershore.

“We are delighted to be supporting this project which aims to make the journeys of residents and visitors easier from day-to-day.”

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