M5 motorway congestion scheme starts

M5 at junction four The project is expected to be completed in February 2015

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Work is due to start later on an £11m scheme designed to reduce congestion on the M5 motorway in Worcestershire.

The project will see a roundabout widened at junction four, for Lydiate Ash, to accommodate an extra lane.

Two bridges over the motorway will also be widened.

During the work, expected to be completed in February, lanes will be narrowed, with 40mph speed limits introduced around the area, the Highways Agency said.

Frank Bird, emergency planning officer at the organisation, said extra housing at Hagley and development at Longbridge meant there was "an awful lot of additional pressure" on the Lydiate Ash roundabout.

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