Latest Updates on the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements
21 December, 2018
Significant progress has been made on a number of large infrastructure schemes in Worcestershire in 2018 including the Southern Link Road.
At the end of May, a 1,500 tonne railway bridge extension was moved into place between Whittington and Norton Roundabouts. The dualling on this segment was then opened before Christmas.
In 2019 the final phase of the scheme begins which will see a new river bridge and 1.5km of viaduct and causeway being built between the Ketch and Powick Roundabouts. Work is also planned to begin to complete the Broomhall Way Footbridge and Crookbarrow Way Bridleway Bridge which will provide access from St Peters to Norton and the new development areas to the south of Broomhall Way.
7 December 2018
Around 50 people attended a Public Information Exercise about the proposed plans for Broomhall Way Footbridge at St Peter's Baptist Church today. Members of the project team were on hand at the session hosted at St Peter's Baptist Church in Worcester to answer questions about the proposed plans.
The bridge, which is being fully funded by developers, is set to provide access from St Peters to Norton and the new development areas to the south of Broomhall Way
Find out more about the proposed bridge and the summary of the information exercise
15 November 2018
We've taken a giant step forward in our aim to fully dual the Southern Link Road (SLR) between J7 of the M5 and the Powick roundabout.
Following the closure last night and a review this morning, traffic is now able to use both lanes of the new section of carriageway on the downhill section between Whittington and Norton roundabouts.
There will be a further closure this evening (15 November) from 9pm until 6am tomorrow morning (16 November) to complete the works necessary to enable us to open two lanes uphill very soon, along with the two lanes downhill that we have already opened.
The forward funding and additional funding needed to complete the 3 footbridges was also agreed at Cabinet today – the aim is to complete all three bridges within the next 18 months.
17 October 2018
Work is ahead of schedule on Southern Link Road Dualling
Work to complete the dualling of the section of the Worcester Southern Link Road between Whittington and Norton roundabouts is progressing well and is ahead of schedule.
Since the railway bridge extension was moved into place earlier this year and the final checks on the bridge were completed, Worcestershire County Council's contractors have been constructing two completely new west bound lanes that will run under the bridge.
This work has included completion of earthworks to make way for the new road, relocation of electricity poles, laying foundations and installing of a new drainage system and kerbs…. All of which needed to be completed before the road surfacing could begin.
To enable the next phase of works, a number of lane restrictions and overnight closures are needed to carry out surfacing and road marking works ahead of opening this stretch of road to traffic.
Next week (22, 23 and 24 October) there will be off-peak lane closures on Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts, going downhill, between the hours of 9.30am and 3pm.
On the evenings of 29 October to 2 November, Crookbarrow Way will be closed to downhill traffic only from Whittington to Norton overnight from 9pm to 6am the following morning. There will be a diversion in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road to the Ketch Roundabout. A separate diversion will be signposted for high-sided vehicles. Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts as normal and traffic going uphill from Norton Roundabout to Whittington will not be affected as this side of the road will remain open during this period.
On Wednesday 14 November it is planned to fully close Crookbarrow Way to traffic in both directions from 9pm to 6am the following morning, subject to weather conditions. A diversion will be in place that takes traffic down London Road and up Bath Road and vice versa. Again, Broomhall Way will be open in both directions between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts as normal.
Once work on the new road nears completion and the usual checks have been made, arrangements for opening the road to two lanes of traffic in both directions (two westbound/downhill lanes under the railway bridge extension and two eastbound/uphill lanes under the old railway bridge) will be announced.
20 August 2018
There are upcoming closures on the Southern Link Road this week on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 August between 9:00pm and 5:00am and diversion routes will be signposted during the closures. These closures will allow the overhead safety netting to be removed now the overhead cables have been moved onto the newly built, relocated pylon.
16 July 2018
Work is progressing well with the County Council's ambition to fully dual Worcester's Southern Link Road from the M5 to the Powick roundabout.
Final touches are being made to the railway bridge extension which was moved into place at the end of May over part of the A4440, between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts. Work has also, this week, started to construct the road under the bridge so dualling of the road between these roundabouts can be completed. This is scheduled to be done by Spring 2019.
Whilst this work is taking place, preparation works for the final phase of dualling, between the Ketch and Powick roundabouts is continuing .
As part of this next phase to dual the road between the Ketch and Powick roundabouts, a new bridge needs to be constructed along with a viaduct and new road immediately to the south of the existing road. For the County Council to move forward with this, Western Power Distribution (WPD) needs to relocate one of their pylons which is next to the existing road.
As part of the pylon relocation process, the Southern Link Road between the Powick and Ketch roundabouts needs to be fully closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians overnight from 9.00pm to 5.00am the following morning on the evenings of Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 July.
This is to allow safety netting to be put up, between the structures on each side of the road, and the power cables to be moved onto a temporary pylon whilst a new, permanent pylon is being built further south west.
A diversion route will be signposted, taking road users along Bromwich Road, Tybridge Street, Deansway, Bath Road and vice-versa.
Three further overnight closures (9.00pm to 5.00am) to remove the netting and move the cables to the new pylon will be required on the evenings of Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 August. The same arrangements will be put in place for the diversion route and signage will be in place two weeks before the closures to remind road users of them.
21 June 2018
Our contractor is currently putting the final touches to the railway bridge extension project, including drainage, earthworks and concrete "stitching". Once that is completed in the next few weeks, they will begin work to dual the road between Whittington and Norton roundabouts which is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2019.
13 June 2018
To see engineering in action, take a look at this video of the full works that took place recently to extend the railway bridge over part of Worcester's Southern Link Road.
Months of meticulous and collaborative planning along with amazing team work in the run up to, and during, the works to extend the bridge, enabled Worcestershire County Council to open the road ahead of schedule.
31 May 2018
A 1,500 tonne railway bridge extension over Worcester's Southern Link Road has been successfully manoeuvred into place
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.
Following the removal of the track and after hours of excavation and soil removal, the bridge extension was located into place. The specialist machinery carefully moved the bridge in situ to within millimetres of the current bridge. Once the bridge was sited, the job of making it stable began.
The train line reopens Thurs (31) morning and Crookbarrow Way between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts has now reopened - 36 hours ahead of schedule.
21 May 2018
Southern Link Road (SLR) Railway Bridge Extension - engineering in action
A new 1500 tonne railway bridge extension over one of Worcester's key roads is to be manoeuvred into place during a road and rail closure starting later this week.
The works on the Southern Link Road mark another step closer to Worcestershire County Council's aim to dual the road from the M5 to Powick roundabout in Worcester.
This video shows an animation of the works due to take place over the coming weeks.
More than 22,000 tonnes of soil will be removed during the works which will be completed using specialist equipment.
During the road and rail closures, more than 4000 person hours and 60 different pieces of significant machinery will be needed to complete the bridge move.
The 1500 tonne bridge will be lifted as a whole and moved into place to within 30cm of the existing bridge using a piece of machinery called a self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT). This machine is made up of individual modules with wheels that are manually controlled and able to move the lifted bridge in any direction.
Once moved into place, the new bridge is then fixed to the existing bridge and the area to the south is backfilled to make an embankment.
The new railway track will be replaced and tested – this includes 216 new railway sleepers, 4 lengths of 112 metre long of track and 1200 tonnes of new ballast.
To allow these works to take place a full road closure between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts in Worcester will be in place from 8pm Thursday 24 May to 6am Friday 1 June. The railway line will also be closed from Saturday 26 May to Thursday 31 May. For up to date information details of bus services to support the rail closures, visit the GWR website (link opens in a new window)
As this will be a complex and extremely busy live construction site, for safety reasons we are not able to allow members of the public to visit and view any of the works taking place. However we will aim to provide a time-lapse video of the bridge being manoeuvred into place will be available on this webpage soon after it happens.
4 May 2018
The railway bridge over part of Worcester's Southern Link Road is set to be extended later this month.
The extension to the bridge, which has initially 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.
The extension of the railway bridge will support the dualling of the A4440 between the Norton and Whittington roundabouts. When the dualling 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 bridge extension.
Excavation 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 24th May and 6am on Friday 1st June.
A diversion route will be signposted and signs with advanced warning of the closure will be on site. A map showing the diversion route can be found below. The County Council website and its Travel Twitter feed will be kept updated with progress of the works throughout the closure.