The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements


Dualling from the M5 to Powick Roundabout 

An image of the Southern Link Road Map


The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road, is one of Worcestershire's  busiest roads, accessed by over 30,000 cars each week day.

It is an essential part of Worcestershire’s strategic road network and provides an important link between the M5, South and West Worcester, Great Malvern, the wider Malvern Hills district, Ledbury, Upton and Herefordshire. 

The A4440 Southern Link Road is also an important bypass to the city centre and provides one of only two road crossings of the River Severn in Worcester City.

The intention is to dual the entire length from the M5 to the Powick roundabout, this cannot be achieved in one phase , mainly due to the size of the overall scheme and the availability of funding. Therefore, the scheme is being delivered in stages.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced in November 2017, £54.5m of funding had been secured for a new bridge and viaduct to be built between Ketch and Powick roundabouts.

Other funding partners for the overall scheme include Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Developer / Third Party contributions.

What has been achieved so far

  • fully dualled between Ketch and Norton roundabouts
  • increased the size of Ketch and Norton roundabouts to improve capacity
  • funding secured from DfT for building of the additional bridge over the River Severn between Ketch and Powick
  • railway bridge extended to enable two lanes going up and two lanes going down from Whittington to Norton roundabouts
  • fully dualled between Whittington and Norton roundabouts

What next

  • completion of phase 4 of the scheme which includes the dualling between Ketch and Powick and the building of an additional bridge and viaduct over the River Severn 
  • installation of the Crookbarrow Way foot/cycle bridge and a farm access bridge next to the railway bridge between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts