Southern Link Road to reopen ahead of schedule

Southern Link Published Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Worcester's Southern Link Road is reopening a day-and-a-half earlier than planned.

The key route through the county was closed between Whittington and Norton roundabout to allow for a 1,500 tonne railway bridge extension which was manoeuvred into place on Sunday (27).


Crookbarrow Way was due to reopen to drivers at 6am on Friday (1 June) but is now reopening by 6pm this evening (Weds) as the project work on the bridge is ahead of schedule.


Councillor Dr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "We're delighted the road is reopening well ahead of schedule.

"It's a testimony to the team who have worked around the clock in the run up to the bridge being moved into place and afterwards that the road is reopening 36 hours earlier than planned."


The railway line will reopen tomorrow (Thurs) morning as originally planned.


The bridge on the A4440 was moved into position on Sunday (27) by a team of 180 engineers who worked around the clock in 3 x 8 hour shifts and its addition marks another step closer to Worcestershire County Council reaching its aim of fully dualling the road from the M5 to Powick roundabout, Worcester.


The installation of the bridge follows months of preparatory works to get the area ready.