Latest Updates on the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements
23rd May 2019
Southern Link Road bridges ready for installation work
Work on the Southern Link Road is due to take another big step forward with the installation of two new bridges.
Following the work to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road and the extension of the Battenhall Railway Bridge last year, two further bridges are set to be put in place to further improve connections for the public and local businesses.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "While work is progressing well on the final phase of the dualling from Ketch to Powick Roundabouts, it’s great to see work to improve connectivity continuing on another part of the Southern Link Road.
“Work to install these bridges is vital and, once in place, they will dramatically improve connections for local businesses and communities.”
The first bridge to be installed is the private farm bridge, situated on the east side of the railway line. This bridge will provide a link between the two halves of Upper Battenhall Farm on either side of the carriageway.
For work to progress on this bridge, two night closures of the A4440 Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts are planned. These closures will enable installation of the main beams and the concrete deck to be poured for the farm bridge.
Specific road closure times are as follows:
- 7pm on Saturday, June 1 to 7pm on Sunday, June 2 – Full closure of the A4440 Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts in both directions to allow for installation of the main beams.
- 7pm on Saturday, June 22 to 6am on Sunday, June 23 – Full closure of the A4440 Crookbarrow Way between Whittington and Norton roundabouts in both directions to allow the concrete deck to be poured.
Then on the west side, final preparations are being made to install a second bridge, the Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, where further closures will be needed. This bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, mobility scooters, bikes and those on horseback. It will provide a vital link between the city centre and the new Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station currently being constructed just off M5 Junction 7 as well as being part of the National Cycle Network.
More details on this bridge and any further road closures will follow in the next few weeks.
18th April 2019
Battenhall Bridge Railway Extension reaches national MJ award finals
Worcestershire County Council has reached the final for a national award for their work on extending a Worcester railway bridge.
The Battenhall Bridge Project is one of only four finalists in the Highways Management category at The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.
Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council Highways, said: "It is fantastic that the efforts by all involved in the work on Battenhall Railway Bridge have been recognised in being nominated for this award.
"The work on extending the bridge was an important part of ensuring that dualling of the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road can take place.
"This further emphasises our commitment to improving road networks for our residents and businesses."
Dualling of the A4440 Southern Link Road is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in the county. One of the most significant obstacles to widening the Southern Link Road was the Battenhall Railway Bridge. The bridge spans one of the busiest stretches of road in the county, just off the M5 motorway, carrying rail services from London into Worcester and Herefordshire.
Richard Bruten, Contracts Director for Alun Griffiths Limited, said: “The success of this project has come as a result of the co-operative ethos between all of the parties involved.
"This is a real example of civil engineering at its best.”
The awards recognise the work of local authorities in delivering their services over the last 12 months. The Highways Management category celebrates examples of how local authority teams have successfully overcome challenges to deliver an improved highways service for their local population.
Sam Uren, Engineering Director of SLC, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work on this project with our partners. We are really proud of the SLC team's part in making this such a great success.
"At SLC our aim is to build collaborative and positive relationships, thus achieving a great outcome for our clients and the public.
"Well done to all involved.”
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 26th June.
This nomination adds further recognition, as the project was highly commended at the Rail Business Awards, it was a finalist at the Celebrating Construction Awards and the West Midlands Highways Alliance has also been nominated for Team of The Year at the 2019 CIHT Awards.
A submission has also been made for the 2019 ICE West Midlands Civil Engineering Awards by Alun Griffiths Limited, where Worcestershire County Council won an award last year for their rebuild of the Eastham Bridge.
11th March 2019
Please see above: An artists impression of the flyover between Ketch and Powick Roundabout
Final Phase for Worcester's Southern Link Road
Main works on the final phase of the scheme to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR) from Junction 7 of the M5 to the Powick Roundabout are set to begin this month.
This follows the recent news from the Department for Transport (DfT) that they have approved £55 million of funding towards completion of the works with further funding coming from developers.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "It's fantastic news that work can now begin on this final phase to dual the SLR from the M5 to Powick Roundabout.
"Once complete, journey times will be significantly reduced which will help keep unnecessary through traffic out of the city centre.
The dualling will also support economic growth by improving access to and from the M5 and also to the Worcestershire Parkway station which is due to open later this year."
This final phase of work will see the stretch of road between the Ketch and Powick roundabouts (Temeside Way) fully dualled.
It will include construction of a new 1.9km road to the south of the current carriageway and the building of an additional bridge and viaduct next to the current Carrington Bridge and Powick Common Viaduct.
The scheme also includes construction of a new cycle/footbridge over Hams Way, to the west of Powick Roundabout, a new, wider cycle and footpath to the North of the current road, the introduction of a new fully lit underpass to enable crossing near the Ketch roundabout and capacity improvements to both the Powick and Ketch roundabouts.
Major Project Director for Alun Griffiths Limited, Richard Bruten, said: "As Worcestershire County Council's contractor, we are very excited to be working on this, the final phase of the critically important Southern Link Road scheme.
"We'd like to assure those that use this stretch of the Southern Link Road that we will be doing what we can to ensure the impact on current journey times is kept to a minimum."
Most of the work on this phase will be completed off the main carriageway with minimal need for major traffic management.
1st March 2019
Please see above: An short video (GIF) artist impression of Carrington Bridge
New road to reduce congestion
A new dual carriageway is predicted to halve peak journey times along the A4440 and pave the way for up to 5,600 new homes.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman today (Friday, 1 March) approved almost £55 million of government funding for the Southern Link Road.
The major project, alongside the existing Carrington Bridge, will provide much needed congestion relief for residents and businesses, while boosting jobs and economic growth in areas like Great Malvern by transforming access to the M5.
This will also improve access to Birmingham International Airport and Worcestershire Parkway Station, creating better journeys for commuters and supporting the creation of more than 6,000 jobs.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:
“The Government is investing record amounts to improve journeys in our towns and cities, boosting local economies.
“This new road will help improve everyday journeys in and around Worcester, easing traffic for local people in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, as well as supporting thousands of new homes and jobs.”
The dual carriageway will connect the M5 to the west of Worcestershire and Herefordshire, and provides a congestion-busting bypass to Worcester city centre, set to cut average journey times along the A4440 in both directions during peak hours in the opening year.
The bypass will also help improve air quality, and will also see two new bridges, new cycle and pedestrian routes as well as junction improvements.
Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Cllr Ken Pollock, said:
"This is great news for Worcestershire! We welcome this announcement of funding approval which paves the way for the final phase of the scheme to fully dual the Southern Link Road from the M5 to the Powick Roundabout.
"Works on this important and much needed final phase will see Carrington Bridge extended and 1.5km of viaduct being built between the Ketch and Powick roundabouts. We look forward to sharing further details about this final phase which also includes an improved Ketch Viewpoint and underpass in addition to a footbridge over Hams Way in the next couple of weeks.”
Worcestershire County Council is contributing £7.5 million to the £62 million scheme.
The government funding comes from the Large Local Majors Fund, providing vital infrastructure for economic growth.
22nd February 2019
County Council highly commended at Rail Business Awards
Worcestershire County Council and its partners were highly commended at last night's Rail Business Awards.
One of 20 major awards presented in front of a packed room of some 700 industry professionals, it was given in recognition of the successful extension of the Battenhall Railway Bridge as part of the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road dualling scheme.
The joint bid by the County Council, SLC Rail, Alun Griffiths Ltd, Jacobs and Tony Gee was nominated in the Infrastructure Project Excellence Award category at last night's ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London.
For the full story, please read: County Council highly commended at Rail Business Awards
8th February 2019
Artist's impression of how the new Ketch Viewpoint and carpark could look once works are complete.
We are nearing the start of Phase 4 of the Southern Link Road scheme which includes the construction of a new river bridge, viaduct and carriageway between Ketch and Powick Roundabouts immediately to the south of the existing carriageway.
As part of the enabling works for this project, it is necessary to carry out vegetation clearance including the removal and chipping of trees on the southern side of A4440 Temeside Way which is underway this week. This will also necessitate the closure of the Ketch Viewpoint Car Park and the viewing platform from the 11th February 2019.
During this time the car park will be used to collect and recycle the chippings which will then be transferred off-site and used as sustainable biomass. Ground investigation and temporary removal of the viewing platform will also take place during the car park closure. The viewing platform will be reinstated at a slightly different location later in the programme. We will be working with local groups on what the new battlefield & eyeline signage at the top of the relocated viewing platform will look like.
Subsequent to these works, the car park will remain closed for the duration of the main construction works. It is required for a range of other activities which include access to construct the new bridge's eastern abutment, the widening of the A38 approach to the Ketch Roundabout and construction of the new pedestrian and cycle underpass.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times with pedestrians directed along the eastern perimeter of the site unless directed otherwise.
23 January 2019
Preparation works to start on Southern Link Road's Temeside Way
Preparation works will begin on Temeside Way, between the Ketch and Powick Roundabouts, at the start of February ahead of the main works starting on the final phase of the Southern Link Road scheme.
The start of this last phase of works is planned for early spring and includes a new river bridge and a viaduct and causeway stretching over 1.5km.
The full scheme is set to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR) from Junction 7 of the M5 to the Powick roundabout. Once complete, journey times will be improved and congestion relieved.
In early February our contractor is to begin constructing a security fence on the southern side of Temeside Way between the Carrington Bridge and Powick Roundabout. Temporary traffic lights will need to be in place for a lane closure whilst the fence is being installed.
At the same time as the fence installation, vegetation from the southern side of the road (on the left as you drive towards the Powick Roundabout from the Ketch) will be removed as the new two lane road will be built on this side. This removal of vegetation is in line with the planning permission for this for this phase of work and needs to be completed before the bird-nesting season.
Our Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, Cllr Ken Pollock, said: "The timing of these works is vital for the main works on this final phase of the scheme starting in spring. I'm looking forward to sharing more details about this final phase, which includes the building of a new Carrington Bridge next to the current bridge, as we get closer to the start date."
To enable the lane closure over a short distance of road, temporary traffic lights will be in operation overnight from 9pm to 5am the following morning, starting on the evening of February 5th, for up to three weeks.
Overnight traffic lights will be in operation during the first week will be on Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th February. During the following weeks the works will continue nightly, starting at 9pm, on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Artist's Impression of the dualling between Ketch and Powick Roundabouts
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.