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  • "Why do people like Marant keep trotting out this daft idea that building roads magically makes cars appear? Saying "You don't cut traffic by building roads" shows a complete lack of understanding. This isn't about "cutting traffic" at all, because in the real world people actually do need to go places, it's about cutting congestion - which is very different. Building the right roads in the right places, won't magically cause cars to appear, it will simply let people get to where they already want to go without huge delays queueing up to do so.

    For proof of this, just look at the dual carriageway section of the unfinished northern ring road that runs from the M5 towards Claines. It's very quiet for a dual carriageway, because it doesn't satisfy any big pent-up demand to go from Claines to the M5, it's only real use at the moment is to take traffic from the M5 towards Kidderminster. Cars did not magically appear because this road was dualled, in fact it was a complete waste of money dualling it without either finishing the ring road or dualling all the way to Kidderminster. Not finishing the ring road means the money spent on this (and the section of unfinished ring road dual carriageway that gives up near dines green) will have been wasted.

    As for "You cut traffic by removing the need to travel", who are you to tell me and everyone else not to travel? We'll drive where we need to go, and we'll do it without congestion if there are sufficient roads to get us there without having to queue.

    Demand for travel is finite, once everyone can get to where they want to go
    without delay, we'll have enough roads."
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Revealed: £266m transport revamp for Worcestershire

Worcester congestion: plan to tackle it

Worcester congestion: plan to tackle it

First published in News Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards Exclusive by , Political Reporter

A £266 million plan to revamp roads and other forms of transport across Worcestershire can today be revealed - in a bid to finally solve the county's congestion headaches.

Business and council leaders have teamed together to draw up a blueprint of 19 major infrastructure revamps aimed for completion by 2021.

It includes bids of £173 million from central Government, and if accepted the likes of Worcestershire County Council and the Highways Agency will put the remaining £93 million into the kitty themselves.

It includes:

- £6 million towards street resurfacing in key shopping centres like Worcester, Malvern and Evesham to increase their appeal

- £17 million to finally build Worcestershire Parkway, a long-awaited railway station planned for Norton

- £56 million on reconfiguring the M5 Junction 6 to ease traffic build-up at peak times and prevent queues stretching back to the A449 in particular

- £4.8 million on building the Pershore Northern Link, including a bridge over the railway line in order to improve access between the A44 and the Keytec Business Park, and changes to Pinvin cross roads

- £11 million to widen roads and reconfigure key junctions to sites where large housing plots are expected to be built, including Newlands in Malvern, the west Worcester urban extension next to Dines Green and the Copcut in Droitwich

- £5 million to create special access to Worcester Technology Park off Junction 6 of the M5, and £1.75 million for better Malvern Hills Science Park access

- £2 million on a new pedestrian river crossing going from Worcester's Gheluvelt Park to old Kepax Country Park site behind Hallow Road, aimed at opening up more of the city to pedestrians and encouraging walking

- £10 million specifically towards road improvements around Evesham, which are expected to focus on the A46

- £5 million on flooding alleviation, which is expected to focus on New Road in Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn

Other projects include £24 million on improving the A38 in Bromsgrove, £5 million to improve Kidderminster railway station and the landscape around Comberton Hill, and £12.8 million on the Hoo Brook Link Road, also in Kidderminster.

It also includes funds towards the planned dualling of the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester, including £63 million on Carrington Bridge, as your Worcester News first revealed last week.

The entire package has been put together by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is competing for Government handouts worth £2 billion every year between next April and 2020.

As your Worcester News revealed last week the plan, put together with input from all Worcestershire's councils, MPs and more than 150 organisations, totals bids worth £250 million, making transport more than half the total ask.

Peter Pawsey, LEP chairman, said: "This is the first step to securing major changes for the better to Worcestershire's physical infrastructure."

Councillor Simon Geraghty, county council deputy leader, said: "These aren't minor proposals, this is a real step-change for Worcestershire's future transport needs."

A first announcement by the Government on next year's successful bidders is due in July.

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