Worcestershire County Council's aim of fully dualling the A4440 Southern Link Road from the Powick Roundabout to the M5 takes a massive leap forward.
The railway bridge over part of Worcester's Southern Link Road is set to be extended later this month.
The new bridge extension, which has been built next to where it will eventually live, has been under construction for the past few months. At the end of May, the 1,500 tonne bridge will be manoeuvred into place using specialist equipment.
Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "Seeing the bridge take shape over the last couple of months has been very exciting, not least from an engineering point of view but also as the construction of this bridge takes the County an important step closer to the Southern Link Road being dualled from the M5 to the Powick Roundabout."
The Southern Link Road is an essential part of Worcestershire’s strategic road network and provides an important link between the M5 and Great Malvern, the wider Malvern Hills district, Herefordshire and Wales.
It is also an important bypass to the city centre, especially for those in south and west Worcester, and provides one of only two road crossings of the River Severn in Worcester city. With more than 30,000 cars using the road every weekday, dualling the road will help to ease congestion.
The extension of the railway bridge will support the dualling of the A4440 between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts. When this has been completed in this area, all eastbound (uphill) traffic will travel on two lanes beneath the existing railway bridge and westbound (downhill) traffic will travel on two lanes beneath the new bridge extension.
Excavation of the railway embankment for the new part of the bridge and the moving of the bridge extension into its final resting place will take place during a full closure of the A4440, including the footway, between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts, between 8pm on Thursday 24 May and 6am on Friday 1 June.
A diversion route will be signposted and signs with advanced warning of the closure will be on site. The County Council website and its Travel Twitter feed will be kept updated with progress of the works throughout the closure.
Naturally, a rail closure will also be needed to complete the work to extend the railway bridge. Replacement buses will be provided by Great Western Railway (GWR) between Shrub Hill and Pershore to minimise disruption to rail users during the closure. This will be for a slightly shorter period than the road closure (Saturday 26th May to Thursday 31th May inclusive). Rail users will be given advanced notice of these arrangements by GWR and the other train operating companies whose services will be affected.
To find the most up to date information about the railway bridge extension in the run up to and throughout these major works:
- Visit us at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/southernlinkroad
- Follow us on Twitter @worcstravel
- Follow us on Facebook @YourWorcestershire
To watch the timelapse video of the works click: https://youtu.be/T_SZ2AeajoE