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Vital Southern Link Road scheme progresses to next stage

Published Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The latest stage of the Southern Link Road overnight works have been completed.

To enable essential surfacing and drainage works to take place as part of the current improvements, two phases of overnight closures on the link road were scheduled, the first of which has recently been completed.

The next phase will take place from Tuesday 21 March to Friday 24 March inclusive from 9pm – 6am.

The dualling of the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester is one of the biggest upgrades to the road infrastructure in the county for many years.

The current phase of works will be completed in summer 2017 and includes: improvements to Norton roundabout; preparation for dualling between Whittington and Norton roundabouts; and a new dedicated left-hand turn from Whittington Road (from M5 Junction 7) to the westbound Crookbarrow Way (A4440), thereby removing the current "give way" arrangement.

Disruption to road users and local residents will be kept to a minimum where possible during these essential works. Clear diversion signage will be put in place and the scheme contractor Griffiths will be working in accordance with noise control measures agreed with Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

During this period, current temporary traffic management arrangements on the link road will also change, with road users being moved to the new road alignment. Road users are asked to be mindful of these changes while adapting to the new arrangements.

Recently released artist impressions show the overall vision of the scheme, with plans to dual all the way from Powick roundabout up to Whittington roundabout. Without any improvements, a 30% increase in journey times along the route has been predicted by 2026. The scheme will also make it quicker to access the south of the County and beyond, which will support existing businesses, attract inward investment and boost the local economy.