The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements

Major Infrastructure and Improvement Schemes

Southern Link Road

Dualling from the M5 to Powick

The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road (SLR) is an essential part of Worcestershire’s strategic road network and provides an important link between the M5, South and West Worcester, Great Malvern, the wider Malvern Hills district, Ledbury, Upton and Herefordshire.

The A4440 SLR is also an important bypass to the city centre and provides one of only two road crossings of the River Severn in Worcester City. It therefore offers an important, alternative route to the city centre.

The intention is to dual the entire length from the M5 to the Powick roundabout, this cannot be achieved in one stage, mainly due to the size of the overall scheme and the availability of funding. Therefore, the scheme is being delivered in stages.

The final stage of works will be to dual the road from the Ketch roundabout to the Powick roundabout which includes an additional bridge to accommodate the extra 2 lanes of traffic needed.

Department for Transport (DfT) announced £54.5m of funding to build the new bridge and viaduct.
Download the plan and plan to show the phases.

What has been achieved so far

  • Fully dualled between Ketch and Norton roundabouts
  • Increased the size of Ketch and Norton roundabouts to improve capacity
  • Dualling between Whittington and Norton
  • Funding secured from DfT for building of the additional bridge over the river Severn between Ketch and Powick

What next

  • Extend the railway bridge to enable 2 lanes going up and 2 lanes going down from Whittington to Norton roundabouts
  • Complete the dualling between Whittington and Norton
  • Dualling between Ketch and Powick including the building of an additional bridge over the River Severn – more info on this phase, see the Phase 4: The Ketch to Powick page

Funding for total scheme comes from a variety of sources including:

  • DfT Worcestershire County Council
  • Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Developer / Third Party contributions

Fascinating facts

  • The SLR is used by over 30000 cars each week day
  • There will be 24 kilometres of new and resurfaced lanes once the work is complete
  • Over 4000 trees will have been planted along route
  • 23,500 tonnes of resurfacing materials have been used so far