HERE'S the latest on the St John's roadworks in Worcester.

The traffic signals have been removed at Bull Ring Roundabout for replacement with new signals with pedestrian facilities and traffic and bus sensors.

The A44 is closed westbound, businesses is open as usual.

Henwick Road will be closed in both directions between The Bull Ring and Bromyard Terrace between August 24 and September 26.

The main feature of the works in St John’s will be a formal controlled crossing at the junction of The Bull Ring and the traffic signals at New Road/Tybridge Street.

The St John’s improvements will include:

  • The introduction of a new two phase signal controlled crossing at the bottom of the hill, at the junction with New road/Tybridge St. This signalised junction will also include advanced technology to enhance future bus movements through this junction and into the city. The new signals will regularly monitor traffic conditions and will adjust how long a particular light remains green based on the level of traffic. As the new facility will offer a safe route for pedestrians crossing in the area, the bus lane will be removed as the new stop lines need to be introduced and this road space will be reallocated to the wider driving community.
  • Improvements to the existing crossing point on Henwick Road near to the limited waiting parking bay. This will be widened to allow a safe waiting area for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and parents with double buggies etc when crossing the road between the shopping area and St Clements estate. A further formal uncontrolled crossing point across Bush Walk will be introduced to allow safe access to and from the new push button crossing over the A44.
  • Introducing new signal technology, helping the signals to work more efficiently with the surrounding junctions to streamline which routes get priority in quieter times.
  • Kerblines will be moved with the benefits of wider footways where possible and full wide traffic lanes in areas where current pinch points create congestion and delays.
  • The removal of the old A44 traffic segregation island just west of Henwick Road junction to allow this area to have two continuous lanes of traffic travelling towards the west.
  • Removal of the narrowing pinch point as traffic travels from New Rd/Bromwich Rd into St John’s where the kerbing/footway can be altered to allow two side-by-side lanes to continue up the hill and through the area.
  • Post utility works, the footways on both sides of the road between Henwick Rd/Bromwich Lane and Bromyard Terrace/Malvern Rd will finally be enhanced with new block paving.