On this page you will find the latest information about the improvements being made to the A38/A4104 Junction near Upton.
The existing A38/A4104 Junction is made up of a staggered single-lane arrangement. The A38 in this location is a single carriageway road, which runs to the M50 Motorway and Tewkesbury in the south and Worcester in the north.
The A4104 is also a single carriageway road, which runs to Pershore to the north-east and to Upton-Upon-Severn and Little Malvern to the west.
The route is important for users travelling from the M5 Motorway and provides access to destinations such as the ‘Three Counties Showground’ and the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as well as a number of events that are usually held within Upon-upon-Severn and the surrounding area throughout the year.
With the current junction arrangement, particularly during peak time traffic, queueing is generated on both the A38 and A4104. The County Council identified that the junction requires improvements to alleviate this problem and to provide more efficient traffic flows as well as providing a better junction for users.
The scheme will provide a new 4-arm roundabout to replace the existing staggered junction arrangement, with the western A4104 approach from Upton being realigned to tie into the proposed roundabout.
Facilities for non-motorised users will be improved with the provision of crossing locations on all arms of the roundabout and 3m wide shared footway/cycleways.
Work on the new roundabout near Upton-upon-Severn has been completed.
Take a look at this video, showing fantastic aerial shots of the the roundabout.
The final surfacing of the carriageway will take place between Monday 3 and Tuesday 18 October.
This work will require various road closures to be in place during the night from 7:00pm until 6:00am.
Below is the schedule for the works. Please be aware that timings could change.
- 3,4,5 October, A38 Tewkesbury Road South and A4104 Pershore Road
- 6 October, A4104 Pershore Road and roundabout surfacing
- 7 October, further roundabout surfacing
- 10 October, A4104 Holly Green surfacing
- 11 October, A38 Worcester Road surfacing
- 12 October, A38 Tewkesbury Road surfacing
- 13 October, A4104 Holly Green lining
- 14 October, A38 Worcester Road lining
- 17 October, A38 Worcester Road lining
- 18 October, Roundabout and A4104 Pershore Road lining
Measures will be in place to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Work has continued on the installation of drainage and kerbing on the re-aligned A38 southern carriageways, and footpaths. Works are also ongoing to remove any redundant street lighting. Construction of the attenuation pond and drainage connections has started.
There will be night closures in place on all the approach arms from Monday 3 October for approximately 12 weekday evenings, to undertake final surfacing works.
For further details and any changes that may impact on these night closures, please see One Network Worcestershire.
Following the transfer of traffic on to the roundabout, works have continued on the A38 and A4104 to ensure smooth links between the old and new road surfaces. Works are also taking place on the removal of the existing A38 splitter island and the installation of new drainage, streetlighting, kerbing and signage.
Landscaping and final surfacing works will then be undertaken on the roundabout and approaches, with the scheme scheduled for completion this autumn.
With traffic now switched onto the new roundabout, works have continued on the A38 north and A4104 west tie-ins, the installation of drainage within verges and street lighting. Tie-in works for the A38 and A4104 will continue under 2-way traffic signals.
From 18 July, works will take place to remove the existing A38 splitter island and to install kerbs to the A4104 Pershore arm. To undertake these works, off-peak and night-time road closures will be required - diversions will be signed and access from other approaches will be maintained.
Works will continue within the site boundary for storm water drainage and the formation of the attenuation ponds. New streetlighting and road signage will also be installed.
Traffic has now been switched onto the new alignment, with vehicles now able to travel on the approaches and around part the roundabout.
Temporary traffic management is still in place to allow the remaining works to be undertaken safely.
Works have been ongoing on the A4104 and A38 tie ins, in preparation for the switch over of traffic on to the new alignment, which will take place later this month. Works have also continued on the the installation of drainage on the new highway verges, as well as ducting for service diversions and street lighting.
During week commencing 13th June, the existing A38 splitter islands will be removed. To undertake these works, additional traffic management will be required but access will be maintained on all approaches.
On 20th June from 7pm, the A4104 East and West approaches, and A38 North and South approaches will be closed to all traffic, to allow for the switch of traffic on to the new alignment. During the closure, a fully signed diversion route will be in place.
Once traffic is switched over to the new alignment, temporary traffic management including traffic signals will still be in place, to allow the remaining works to be undertaken safely.
Work to import construction material for the new A38 north and A4104 west carriageways is now complete, along with the majority of the works on the offline roundabout and the adjacent footways. The carriageway has had base and binder (two of the three tarmac courses) applied, with the final wearing course to be applied closer to the opening of the scheme.
Kerb installation has also been completed across the site, along with new fresh and wastewater drainage pipes.
Over the next six to eight weeks, works will take place to prepare the areas of the site that tie-in with the existing carriageway. These works, on both the A38 and A4104, will require the use of temporary traffic signals and are outlined in more detail below.
From 11 to 15 April between 8:00pm and 6:00am, the western A4104 will be closed at its junction with the A38 (between A38 and Upton-upon-Severn) to undertake and complete drainage works.
From 11 April for approximately five weeks, the tie-in area will be prepared between the existing A38 carriageway and the newly constructed arm of the roundabout. The works require two-way lights, which will be in operation 24hrs a day during this period of the works.
From 12 April for approximately 6 weeks, the tie-in area will be prepared between the existing A4104 west and the newly constructed arm of the roundabout. The works require two-way lights, which will be in operation 24hrs a day during this period of the works.
Following on from the completion of these works, towards the end of May, four-way lights will be installed on the A38/A4104 junction, to allow the safe removal of the remaining street furniture and splitter islands, along with the remaining tie-in works to the other new arms.
A total of 28,500 tonnes of material has now been imported onto the site. This has been spread and compacted across formation layers of the new A4104 layout from Upton-Upon-Severn and the new A38 alignment, along with the new roundabout.
A large section of the new storm water drainage within the new carriageways has also been installed.
Looking ahead, material will continue to be imported across the site, drainage works will continue in various locations and kerbing for the new A4104 is due to start.
Over the past month, 22,000 tonnes of material have been imported onto site. This has been spread and compacted along the new A4104 layout from Upton-upon-Severn and the new A38 alignment, along with the new roundabout. In the coming weeks, material will continue to be imported across and drainage works will start.
Following works to remove topsoil, the Worcestershire Archaeology Team has undertaken excavations to locate an Iron Age settlement at the western end of the construction site. This settlement dates back approximately 2200 years and works will now take place off site, with in-depth analysis of the findings to help paint the picture of life during the Iron Age.
Ecology specialists have been onsite to carefully remove vegetation and hedgerows, whilst carrying out a watching brief to ensure wildlife is protected - phase one of these works has now been completed.
Following the completion of these works, we have started to import the materials needed for the road construction. In total 17,200 tonnes of material have been moved on site and laid so far. Over the coming weeks, the material shift will continue, as well as works alongside the A38 to prepare for the new carriageway alignment.
The latest information about the improvements being made to the A38/A4104 Junction near Upton.
1 February 2023
Work on brand-new roundabout now complete
A brand-new roundabout that will relieve congestion and improve journey times near Upton-upon-Severn has been completed.
The four-arm roundabout, which also boasts better routes and crossing access for pedestrians and cyclists, was constructed by Worcestershire County Council and replaces the previous A38/A4104 staggered junction.
Ecological elements were covered as part of planning and taken into consideration whilst the roundabout works were in progress. Newt culverts under the road and gulley bypasses, as well as bat lighting have been included as part of the work.
29 June 2022
New image shows traffic using roundabout near Upton-upon-Severn for the first time
A new image gives a great view over the new roundabout being constructed at the A38/A4104 junction near Upton-upon-Severn, showing traffic using the roundabout for the first time.
Traffic is now able to travel on the approaches and around part the roundabout, with temporary traffic management in place to allow the remaining works to be undertaken safely.
The major scheme is being carried out by Worcestershire County Council to replace the previous staggered junction with a new 4-arm roundabout to help reduce congestion in the area.
17 June 2022
Traffic to flow on new roundabout near Upton-upon-Severn from next week
The major scheme to reduce congestion at the A38/A4104 junction near Upton-upon-Severn is set to take another step forward next week.
The new 4-arm roundabout, which is being constructed by Worcestershire County Council, to replace the current staggered crossroad junction, will begin to see traffic using it in part from Tuesday 21 June.
Vehicles will be transferred on to part of the new road alignment from 6am in the morning, following the overnight works needed to switch traffic over to the newly constructed carriageways.ths.
17 March 2022
Major improvements to relieve congestion near Upton-upon-Severn taking shape
The new road layout, as part of major improvement works to relieve congestion at a busy rural junction near Upton-upon-Severn, is beginning to take shape.
The works have, so far, focused on transferring thousands of tonnes of material on to the site, to create the base for the new roundabout and road alignment, as well as the installation of new drainage and kerbing.
The works are being carried out by Worcestershire County Council to construct a new 4-arm roundabout to replace the current A38/A4104 staggered crossroad junction.
The majority of the works, so far, have taken place off the main public roads, but to allow the scheme to progress, various traffic management phases will be required on both the A38 and A4104 in the coming months.
21 December 2021
Iron Age settlement unearthed on site of Upton A38 roundabout works
An Iron Age settlement dating from around 2,250 years ago, was recently discovered on the site of a new roundabout being built near Upton-upon-Severn.
The discovery was made during the planning phase of the improvements being made by Worcestershire County Council to tackle congestion at the A38/A4104 staggered crossroad junction.
The site was first spotted on aerial photos and an initial investigation to find out more was carried out in late 2020. This revealed pottery which indicated that the site was a Middle Iron Age settlement, with an unusually large ditched enclosure at its heart.
Works to start on major improvements to relieve congestion near Upton-upon-Severn
Major improvement works to relieve congestion at a busy rural junction near Upton-upon-Severn are set to get underway next week.
The works being carried out by Worcestershire County Council as part of the ongoing Relieving Congestion Programme aim to tackle the congestion hotspot at the A38/A4104 staggered crossroad junction.
Works will commence on Monday 26 July to construct a new 4-arm roundabout to replace the current staggered junction arrangement, with the western A4104 approach from Upton-upon-Severn being realigned to tie into the roundabout.
Facilities for pedestrians and cyclists will be improved with the provision of crossing locations on all arms of the roundabout and three metre wide shared footway/cycleways.
2 July 2021
County Council working with Natural England to obtain Great Crested Newt (GCN) Licence
The County Council is currently working with Natural England to obtain a Great Crested Newt (GCN) Licence which will enable works to start on site.
The work to arrange the GCN Licence is in it’s final stages and we’re aiming to commence the main construction works in the next couple of months.
Initial works will see the set up of the site compound and access to the compound.
9 February 2021
Major improvements to relieve congestion near Upton given the green light
The planning application submitted for major improvement works to relieve congestion at a busy rural junction near Upton has been given the green light to go ahead.
As part of Worcestershire County Council’s ongoing Relieving Congestion Programme, the congestion hotspot at the A38/A4104 staggered crossroad junction will see a big improvement now planning has been approved at the County’s Planning and Regulatory Committee.