Southern Link Road – the next phase of works

SLR Published Tuesday, 31st October 2017

The next phase of works on the Southern Link Road (SLR) are now underway.

The SLR is one of the county's most important routes. Worcestershire County Council is committed to dualling it between junction 7 of the M5 and Powick Roundabout and the scheme is progressing well.

The latest set of works include extending Battenhall Railway Bridge which is midway between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts. This will enable the two 'uphill' lanes from Norton to Whittington to run beneath the existing Battenhall Railway Bridge and two new 'downhill' lanes (from Whittington and Norton) to run under the new bridge.

Installation of the bridge extension is scheduled to take place towards the end of next Spring but significant works have to be carried out beforehand. One of the essential parts of this work is the demolition of the existing farmer's access bridge which sits next to Battenhall Railway Bridge.

This demolition work is scheduled to take place over the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November. To facilitate the work, the Southern Link Road will be fully closed between Norton and Whittington roundabouts from 2am on Saturday 25 until the work is completed on Sunday (26)  evening.

Cllr Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "These essential works mark another step towards dualling the road between Powick roundabout and the M5.

"By dualling the whole route, it will improve journey times and the reliability of journeys for people.

"We know the closures may cause some inconvenience to drivers and residents and we apologise in advance but these works are essential."

Alternative routes will be signposted for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, however, Broomhall Way, St Peter's Drive and Norton Lane will remain open.

If the work is postponed due to adverse weather conditions, for example, it will take place the over the weekend of December 9 and 10.