Final Phase for Worcester's Southern Link Road

SLR final works to begin this month
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.
Published Monday, 11th March 2019

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.

To keep up to date with progress visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/slr