WORK to replace the central reservation barrier on the M5 near Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove has now started.

The Highways Agency will be replacing the existing metal barrier with a stronger and safer concrete barrier between junctions 4a and 6.

Work started on Monday (January 6) and completion is expected in the summer.

While the work is underway, to minimise disruption, three traffic lanes will be kept open in each direction. However, to protect road workers, a 50mph speed limit will be in force, and some off peak lane closures may also be necessary.

Paul Unwin, Highways Agency senior project manager, said: “This work is necessary to prolong the life of this important road and improve safety for drivers. Every effort will be made to ensure that any disruption to drivers and residents is kept to a minimum.

“During the works we advise road users to plan their journeys to avoid delays. For the safety of road users and roadworkers we encourage all road users to drive carefully through the works, keeping within the speed limit, and concentrating on the road ahead.”

More information about these works is available from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or at