By Ian Dipple Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 14/10 16:30
MORE than 15,000 extra vehicles could be crammed onto the borough's roads at peak times as a result of plans to build thousands of new homes.
Work to improve the road network around Redditch and Bromsgrove so it can cope with the extra traffic is estimated to cost more than £20million. The figure does not include money the Highways Agency will have to spend upgrading motorway junctions, particularly junction three of the M42 which there are already concerns about.
A series of pinch-points around the borough have been identified where work will be needed along with extra bus, cycling and walking provision.
The most affected route would be Brockhill Drive where it is predicted more than 2,100 extra trips will be made in both directions during the morning rush hour and a similar number at peak times in the afternoon.
There would also be over 1,000 more journeys on the Bromsgrove Highway in the morning and more than 1,500 in the afternoon.
The figures were revealed at a meeting of the borough council's overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday (October 8) to discuss transport issues related to Local Plan 4. The document will see 3,000 homes built in Redditch by 2030 and another 3,400 around Foxlydiate in neighbouring Bromsgrove District.
The county council had been asked to send officers to make a presentation on the figures but they failed to attend, a move criticised by borough councillors who said it had prevented them from having a proper debate in front of the public.
Coun Pat Witherspoon called it a 'poor show' while Coun Andy Fry added: "I'm deeply concerned an officer isn't here so the people and us can have more information and any debate that goes on can be informed as opposed to not."
Chairman David Bush added: "I just find it unacceptable they would not come to support their evidence."
Councillors also heard from bus company Rotola, which runs Diamond bus, who said they had not yet been consulted on the plan apart from one meeting with developers regarding land at Bordesley which they said would need the creation of a new bus route.
Coun Carole Gandy said from a private planning meeting she had attended where transport issues had been discussed she had been left feeling there was a lot of things that had not been considered or looked at.
"I felt how could you come to a view about sites when you haven't actually looked really further than the end of your nose."
A spokeswoman for Worcestershire County Council said on behalf of Redditch Borough Council they had commissioned specialist consultants to advise on the transport implications of the Local Plan and the consultants had been available to attend Tuesday's meeting.
"The detailed impacts of the Redditch Local Plan are still being assessed, in partnership with the Highways Agency, and a package of proposed mitigation measures are currently being devised."
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