Upton Flood Alleviation Scheme

Published Thursday, 18th April 2019

Keep up-to-date here with the latest news for the Upton-Upon-Severn Flood Alleviation scheme.

Latest news

18 June 2019

A4104 in Upton now raised and flood ready

A much-needed programme of works to reduce the impact of flooding on local residents and businesses in the Upton area, is now complete.

The work, delivered by Worcestershire County Council, focused on raising the A4104 in Upton-Upon-Severn, meaning the road will be less likely to be affected by future floods.

Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said: “The delivery of this huge project was vital for the local area and I’m delighted that the works are now complete. Flooding has impacted this community in previous years in a way that most of us across the county will thankfully never experience. To know that the likelihood of this road flooding in the future is dramatically reduced, is fantastic.

“I would like to personally thank the project team for their hard work and dedication in delivering this complex scheme. I’d also like to thank local residents and businesses who have supported the scheme throughout. It’s not been easy through the disruption, but I hope, once the dust settles, having a road that is less likely to flood in the future, will be worth it.”

The major scheme, which started in September 2017, has been hailed a feat in engineering due to its complexity. Not only did the road need to be raised by nearly 1 metre in places, extensive modelling of flood waters was needed to ensure the impact to the surrounding areas was kept to a minimum and a completely new drainage system installed.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is great to see the flood alleviation work in Upton is now finished.
“Flooding provides a huge challenge for the local business community and the complex alleviation work will ensure that this crucial transport link can stay open for all those travelling, working and visiting this part of the county.”  

Phases 1 and 2 of the scheme were completed ahead of schedule in Spring last year. These first two phases saw the installation of a new dedicated right hand turn into the marina, new wider footpaths, upgraded street lighting and a newly resurfaced and white lined stretch of raised road.

Phase 3 was carefully scheduled to start in September 2018 to ensure traffic was kept as smooth as possible during the important festival activities over the summer months. This phase of the scheme saw 24 circular culverts and 2 box (square) culverts inserted under the main road. These huge drainage systems will help to reduce the risk of flooding by allowing water to pass under the road where, previously, there were only five culverts all of which were over 100 years old.

The road on this part of the A4104 was then raised, resurfaced and relined, similar to the works completed in phase 1 of the scheme.

In addition to increasing the road's resilience to future flooding the opportunity was taken to widen and re-align it. The whole project required significant diversions of major services and close co-ordination with BT, Severn Trent Water Ltd and Western Power Distribution.

Half of the funding for this scheme came via the Local Growth Fund through the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the rest from Worcestershire County Council.

Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, said: “We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the Midlands Engine and whole of the UK and building a Britain fit for the future. 

“I’m delighted that £4m from the Local Growth Fund has been invested in this vital flood alleviation programme, which will minimise road closures in the future and ensure Worcestershire remains open for business."

Throughout the scheme the project team worked closely with festival organisers, local businesses and residents to ensure they were kept up to date with progress and that disruption waskept to a minimum.

This flood alleviation scheme in Upton forms part of a programme of schemes delivered by Worcestershire County Council to reduce the risk of flooding on key sections of the highway network throughout the county; keeping the county ‘open for business’.

 

(L to R): Mark Mills, Project Manager, Worcestershire County Council; Cllr Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment; Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council Highways; Cllr Paul Middlebrough, Worcestershire County Council; Henrietta Ross, Mayor of Upton-Upon-Severn and Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

 

Week commencing: 29th April 2019
• Start to take down compound and cabins
• Permanent fencing and gates
• ‘Slow’ and ‘Men at Work’ signs kept in place until all items complete

 

Week commencing: 22nd April 2019

• Continuing with manual control of lights during peak hours
• Continuing with Marina Farm access and Fish Meadow access
• Remove temporary footway
• Re-install bench at position agreed with Ripple Parish Council
• Tidy and take off lights ready for Easter Break
• Contractor on site Good Friday working with temporary lights

Week commencing: 15th April 2019 

• Re-install bench at position to be agreed
• Complete 6mm topping of footways
• Remove temporary footway
• Permanent fencing and gates
• Tidy and take off traffic lights ready for Easter Break

Week commencing: 8th April 2019

  • Complete access to Marina farm, Fish Meadow and Croome
  • Install 30/40 mph speed signage and red coloured road surface
  • Re-install bench at position to be agreed with Parish Council
  • Complete the top layer on footways
  • Move topsoil to the verges
  • Remove temporary footway

Week commencing: 1 April 2019

  • Continue with Marina farm access and Fish Meadow access
  • Ducting for remaining street light and illuminated signs
  • Installation of new signs and posts
  • WPD on site Thursday/ Friday
  • Night closure on Thursday to complete surfacing and lining

Week commencing: 25 March 2019

  • VRS barriers installed throughout
  • Preparation and stoning of fish meadow access
  • Complete edging and footways
  • Start to install gabion baskets in front of culvert headwalls
  • Sanitise marina land

Week commencing: 18 March 2019

  • Continuing with manual control of lights during peak hours
  • STW back to backfill, install risers and covers on all new asset. All work now complete
  • Construct apron and wing walls of final box culvert on north
  • Prepare pads for crane
  • Crane installed pre-cast wing wall for culvert through watercourse Wed/Thurs  
  • Continuing with new farm access into Marina
  • Night Closures took place Wednesday and Thursday to undertake final wearing course and white lining
  • Bridge cleaned during night closures as gesture of goodwill to the community.

Week commencing: 11 March 2019

  • Complete muck away from temporary road and civilise back to field level
  • Dig out for box culverts and culvert through watercourse on north side
  • Blinding and shuttering for culvert headwalls
  • Install remaining kerbs and edgings on north
  • STW back on Tuesday to backfill, install risers and covers

Week commencing: 4 March 2019

  • Move traffic management onto main road early this morning before peak hours
  • Plane out temporary road and dispose
  • Take out all material associated with temporary road
  • Cast remaining bases and headwalls for box culverts on north side
  • Advanced road closure signs go up today
  • Continue with Marina field access
  • STW to complete and test new water main

Week commencing: 25 February 2019

  • STW still on site installing pipes and valves for Phase 3 diversion
  • New field access to Marina started
  • Vehicle Restraint System barrier installation on south side
  • General tidy and landscaping of south side
  • Western Power duct laid for diversion of electricity cabling

19 February 2019

A4104 Upton-Upon-Severn Night Closures

As part of the final phase of the flood alleviation works in Upton-Upon-Severn, a series of night closures on the A1404 will be taking place later next month.

The closures will take place from 8pm to 6am for a maximum of 4 nights from Monday 18 March to Thursday 21 March.

A diversion route will be in place for vehicles which takes them over Carrington Bridge, Worcester and motorists will be given advanced notice of the work via variable message signs,
the County Council website and via Social Media

Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to use a temporary footway, which has be built next to the current highway, and this will also have lighting.
The road will be fully closed in both directions from the turning to the Marina up to the start of the Ryall turn. Access to properties between these fixed positions will be unaffected. Signage on site will be in place from 04 March to inform motorists and the public.

During these essential night closures, structural work will be undertaken and the part of the road affected will be fully resurfaced and white lined.

Traffic lights will continue to be used during the day with the peaks of traffic being manually managed to help with traffic flow.

These works, once completed, will move us closer to the overall completion of the scheme.

Week commencing: 18 February 2019

  • Casting of bases and headwalls of box culverts on south channel (Marina side)
  • Preparation behind parapet base for Severn Trent Water and Western Power Distribution (electric) diversions and duct installation
  • STW on site diverting pipework behind south parapet

Week commencing: 11 February 2019

  • Edgings laid and footway base preparation
  • BT on site installing 4 way ducts in new footway
  • STW still onsite installing pipes and valves

Week commencing: 4 February 2019

  • Continue with concrete pours for the parapet bases, south channel and north channel
  • Preparation of reinforcement and shuttering for south and north parapet upstands

Week commencing: 28 January 2019

  • Preparation of reinforcement and shuttering for south parapet upstands
  • Start kerbing late this week on south channel
    Upton Flood Alleviation Scheme

     

Week commencing: 21 January 2019

  • Works on the circular pipes continue this week and aim to be completed this week.

Week commencing: 14 January 2019

  • Continue with shuttering and pouring of concrete headwalls for circular pipes
  • Bases for box culverts prepared and ready for the next stage of works
  • Preparation of south (Marina) carriageway for kerbing and installation of parapet beam bases.

Week commencing: 7 January 2019

  • Traffic has been moved back onto temporary road under traffic lights
  • All circular pipework installation has been completed
  • The District Council Land Drainage officer has been on site to finalise the required work in watercourse.

Weeks commencing: 24 and 31 December

  • Tower lights kept on during break – member of the workforce visiting twice daily to switch on/off
  • Emergency contact numbers and permit number visible onsite
  • Traffic will be using two lanes with no temporary lights until 6th January

19 December 2018

Upton Flood Alleviation works on schedule

The final phase of flood alleviation works on the A4104 just outside of Upton upon Severn are on track to be completed in spring.

The start of works on Phase 3 were held off until September to ensure traffic was kept running as smooth as possible during the important festival activities over the summer months.

In order to ensure that traffic on the A4104 is as free flowing as possible over the Christmas period, we'll will be opening the new road temporarily to two way traffic with no traffic lights, from Friday 21 December to Sunday 6 January.

We hope that opening of the new road temporarily over the Christmas period will help to ease congestion for local residents and those visiting the area.

Traffic will then be diverted back to the temporary road on Monday 7 January under traffic lights, whilst progress continues to ensure the works are completed in the spring. The current temporary footpath will continue to be used throughout the two week period and tower lights installed to provide safe passage for those using the footpath.

Since works on the final phase began, a new temporary road and footpath has been built next to the main road, currently being used for all traffic and pedestrians. This diversion has enabled 24 circular culverts and 2 box (square) culverts to be inserted under the main road, which is also being rebuilt at a higher level. These huge drainage systems will help to prevent flooding by allowing water to pass under the road. Previously there were only five culvert drains all of which were over 100 years old.

From January onwards, works on the new road include kerbing, installation of ducts for services, footpath construction and the installation of crash barriers.

Read the full news story: Upton flood alleviation works on schedule

Image of roadworks in Upton

 

Week commencing: 17 December 2018

  • Surface on new road to be resurfaced and white lined and crash barriers installed ready for the road to be temporarily opened on Friday 21 Dec to Sunday 6 January.
  • Site to be prepped for close down

Week commencing: 10 December 2018

  • Start backfill over pipes and culverts
  • Trim ready for tarmacking the following week
  • Protective slabs over BT and LV cables and ducts

Week commencing: 5 December 2018

  • Installation of circular culverts completed
  • Culvert headwalls underway, cast 50%, remaining cast after Christmas
  • Box culverts lifted and installed

Week commencing: 26 November 2018

  • installation of circular culverts 12 out of 24 completed
  • culvert headwalls underway, cast 50%
  • cast bases for box culverts
  • cast aprons for remaining circular culverts
  • crane pad built for box culvert installation

Week commencing: 19 November 2018

  • continue with stone base and trim ready for culvert installation
  • cast bases for box culverts
  • Severn Trent still on site finishing off connections

Week commencing 12 November 2018

  • dig down for culvert bases, fill with stone and trimmed ready for culverts to be installed
  • formwork for culvert headwalls underway and some sections already cast
  • 1.2m pipes arrived on site and offloaded
  • two spotters used during peak traffic hours

Week commencing:  5 November 2018

  • temporary traffic lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours in the morning and the evening Monday to Friday
  • we've had no weekend working the weekend of 10th – 11th (Remembrance Sunday)
  • we have continued with the removal of the old road and digging down on north and south side to bed of new culverts
  • removal of old road has continued
  • Severn Trent switched over to the new water main and made the old main redundant

Week commencing: 29 October 2018

  • lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours in the morning and the evening
  • we're continuing with the removal of the old road and digging down on the north side to bed of new culverts
  • Severn Trent continued to work preparing for making the old water main redundant
  • British Telecom and Western Power (electricity) visited the site to approve protection of their assets

Week commencing: 22 October 2018

  • temporary traffic access- road live from Wednesday afternoon
  • Severn Trent Water testing and chlorination of new water main continues to be ongoing 
  • work has started on removal of the old road
  • traffic lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours during the morning and the evening
  • there were heavy traffic issues on Wednesday due to the closure of the A38 at Ryall due to a vehicle fire
  • British Telecom were on site on Friday to approve Contractor's proposal to protect cables during construction

19 October 2018                                                                    

  • this week saw a drive through and sense check of the new road layout
  • traffic management was switched and made live on Tuesday afternoon as planned, after monitoring across the beginning of the week.
  • potential to start taking out old road

12 October 2018

  • continue with dig down to foundation level for new culverts
  • Severn Trent Water completed laying new main around marina section,
  • lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours am and pm
  • tarmac laid on new diversion road
  • working this Saturday to tie in diversion road with existing access

5 October 2018

  • continue with dig down to foundation level for new culverts
  • Severn Trent Water continuing to lay new main around marina section, awaiting connection, testing of main and chlorination next week
  • lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours am and pm
  • new pedestrian footpath installed diverted away from old road

28 September 2018

  • completed haul road to access culvert section
  • continuing the dig down through silt to sand level
  • haul bulk material off site
  • Severn Trent Water continuing to lay new main around marina section
  • lights continue to be manually controlled during peak hours am and pm
  • lights manned this weekend for Malvern Show

21 September 2018

  • footway diversion onto walkway completed and haul road construction ongoing
  • STW on site undertaking diversion works around Marina

30 August 2018

The final phase of flood alleviation work in Upton is set to begin in September.

Earlier this year, we carried out works to raise the A4104 in Upton-Upon-Severn to reduce the impact of flooding in the future.

Phases 1 and 2 of the scheme were completed ahead of schedule and work on the final phase was held off to ensure traffic was kept as smooth as possible during the important festival activities over the summer months.

Work on the final phase of the scheme is planned to start from September 10 and expected to be completed early spring 2019
Set up onsite will start from September 3 and temporary traffic lights will be in place from Monday, September 10. The 2 way lights will be in use for the majority of time during this last phase of works, however, are only required between a much shorter stretch of road than for the previous two phases

Read the full news story: Final phase of Upton works starting in September