ROAD closures will be in place in Bromsgrove as works to improve the A38 at Junction 1 of the M42 take another step forward.

Works to widen the A38 northbound have now been completed, with the focus now on widening the southbound section, installing the new service road and adding the central splitter island.

Worcestershire County Council says some overnight works are needed for resurfacing and the updating of road markings.

The works will happen in two phases, with the first taking place from February 18 to March 3, between 9pm-6am.

This will involve the closure of the exits and entries to the roundabout, including the M42 slip roads, Old Birmingham Road and Alcester Road.

The A38 will remain open, with two-way traffic signals either side of the roundabout.

Phase two, will take place between March 4 and March 11, between 9pm-6am, and will involve closure of the A38 north of the roundabout to the Topaz Business Park, to allow for resurfacing and line-marking. The works are set to be completed in spring this year.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: "It’s great that another one of the council’s schemes to improve congestion in the county, is moving forward so well.

“These works, together with improvements at junction 4 of the M5 and Barley Mow Lane, will help reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability.

“The improvements that are already being delivered are part of a much wider picture, with more to come via the Bromsgrove Route Enhancement Programme.”