Latest Updates on the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road Improvements
1 October, 2021
Another award for Worcestershire walking and cycling bridge
Worcester’s Hams Way Footbridge has won another top national design award.
The footbridge, which has been installed as part of the A4440 Southern Link Road improvements, was announced as a winner at the coveted Structural Steel Design Award.
The bridge was one of four projects to be awarded the British Construction Steelwork Association’s highest prize in the 2021 awards, held in London on 28th September.
This follows the bridge’s success in the recent 2021 Bridges Design Awards, where it won joint first place in the category for projects below £5 million.
For the full story, please read: Another award for Worcestershire walking and cycling bridge
5 July, 2021
County’s newest walking and cycling bridge now open
The latest in a long line of improvements to the county’s walking and cycling infrastructure, delivered by Worcestershire County Council, is now open.
The Broomhall Way Footbridge, which offers a much improved crossing over the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester is now fully open for pedestrians and cyclists. It provides a link between the new commercial and housing development on the south of the A4440 to Power Park in St Peter’s on the north.
For the full story, please read: County's newest walking and cycling bridge now open
1 June, 2021
Worcestershire walking and cycling bridge wins national award
Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester has received recognition by winning a top national award for bridges, which received entries from across the country.
The new footbridge, which offers improved crossing for pedestrians and cyclists over the A4440 Southern Link Road was joint winner of The Bridges Design Award for projects below £5 million.
These awards, organised by Bridge Design and Engineering celebrate the ingenuity, project management and cooperative skills of the people involved in the design, construction and maintenance of bridges in the UK.
For the full story, please read: Worcestershire walking and cycling bridge wins national award
11 May, 2021
Traffic to flow on the new Carrington Bridge from next week
The major scheme to dual the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester, being delivered by Worcestershire County Council, is set to take another step forward next week.
The newly constructed extension of the Carrington bridge will be open for the first time ever to traffic from Monday 17th May.
Vehicles will be using this new part of the bridge over the River Severn and the new carriageway along Temeside Way to enable improvement works to be made to the existing carriageway.
The steel for Carrington Bridge was lifted into place, late in 2020, and since then works have taken place on the bridge decking and surfacing to enable the upcoming switchover of traffic.
For the full story, please read: Traffic to flow on the new Carrington Bridge next week
16 March 2021
Another busy year ahead for Worcester’s Southern Link Road Improvements
Works on the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road improvements are set to continue at pace this year.
Many major milestones have already been achieved, on what is the biggest of Worcestershire County Council’s major infrastructure projects and 2021 will be no different.
One of the main elements of the improvements works over the next couple of months will be on Carrington Bridge. The current works are focused on the bridge deck, with works set to be complete on the bridge in the spring. The traffic will then switchover on the A4440 Temeside Way to the new bridge and carriageway, to enable the construction of the north wall, foot/cycle path widening and re-waterproofing of the existing bridge decks.
Works are also set to continue into the summer on the Ketch Viewpoint and construction of the access onto the new Carrington Bridge, as well as a range of footway and carriageway resurfacing works.
For the full story, please read: Another busy year ahead for Worcester’s Southern Link Road Improvements
18 December 2020
Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester is now open
The latest addition to the county’s walking and cycling infrastructure provided by Worcestershire County Council is now open.
The Hams Way Footbridge, which provides a much improved crossing over Hams Way, part of the A4440 Southern Link Road in Worcester, is now fully open for pedestrians and cyclists.
The bridge will eventually replace the current pedestrian crossing facility, with both being operational for a transitional period.
For the full story, please read: Hams Way Footbridge in Worcester is now open
25 November 2020
Next step for Worcester’s newest walking and cycling bridge
Another brand new footbridge, set to improve walking and cycling connectivity when complete, is due to have its main span installed over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road early next month.
The Broomhall Way Footbridge, once complete, will allow for better and safer crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists. It will provide a link between the new commercial and housing development on the south of the A4440 to Power Park in St Peter’s on the north.
To allow the bridge to be moved into place, a full closure of the A4440 Broomhall Way between the Ketch and Norton roundabouts will be in place from 9pm on Friday 4th December to 5am on Monday 7th December.
For the full story, please read: Next step for Worcester's newest walking and cycling bridge
9 October 2020
Major bridge widening takes shape over coming weeks
Work to double the width of the Carrington Bridge over the River Severn in Worcester takes a big step forward over the coming weeks.
These bridge widening works are part of the fourth and final phase of Worcestershire County Council’s scheme to fully dual the A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR) from Junction 7 of the M5 to the Powick Roundabout.
The all-important steel frame that will form the bridge span will be constructed in segments onsite and each segment lifted into place by one of the biggest cranes in the UK over the next few weeks
The steel being used has been fabricated in Darlington from an innovative type of steel, new to the UK but widely used globally, with improved weather resistance and will be delivered to site on Saturday afternoon (10th October).
As the steel girders are so huge, a police escort will accompany the haulage trucks from J7 of the M5 to the site.
Although the road will remain open, those using this part of the network may experience slow traffic during Saturday afternoon as the haulage trucks deliver their important load.
For the full story, please read: Major bridge widening takes shape over coming weeks
18 September 2020
New walking and cycling bridge moved into place over Hams Way
A brand new walking and cycling bridge was lifted into place last weekend (12 September) over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road.
The bridge, which replaces the current pedestrian crossing, now sits proudly over Hams Way and once complete, will allow improved crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists.
The bridge was built offsite and was carefully manoeuvred into place on Saturday 12 September. Following the successful completion of the move, Hams Way was fully reopened, ahead of schedule.
For the full story, please read: New walking and cycling bridge moved into place over Hams Way
3 September 2020
Another walking and cycling bridge for Worcester peddles ahead
A brand new walking and cycling bridge is due to be lifted into place next weekend over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road.
The bridge, which will replace the current pedestrian crossing, will sit proudly over Hams Way and once complete, will allow improved crossing of this busy road for pedestrians and cyclists.
It will be one of four crossings of the Southern Link Road once the scheme to dual from the M5 to Powick roundabout is complete.
These crossings include Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, which has been extremely well used since opening earlier this year, Broomhall Way Footbridge which is currently under construction, and a new underpass near the Ketch roundabout and this Hams Way Footbridge near the Powick roundabout, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 46.
For the full story, please read: Another walking and cycling bridge for Worcester peddles ahead
Artist's impression of the new Hams Way Bridge
21 August 2020
Closures on A4440 (Crookbarrow Way)
The A4440 Crookbarrow Way and Crookbarrow Way Footbridge will see closures this weekend.
The road will be closed at the following times while work takes place overhead. Diversions will be in place.
• Friday 9pm - Saturday 7am
• Saturday 7pm - Sunday 7am
• Sunday 7pm - Monday 5am
The footbridge will be closed from Friday 9pm - Monday 1pm for painting work to be completed – this also allows drying periods.
The new pedestrian/cycle ramp between Crookbarrow Way and the St Peter’s end of the Crookbarrow Way Footbridge will be open but will only be accessible from the bridleway link which will be signposted.
Keep an eye on @WorcsTravel and @worcscc on Twitter for updates over the weekend.
3 July 2020
Work is set to begin later this month to install the brand-new Broomhall Way Footbridge over part of Worcester’s Southern Link Road.
The footbridge, which will also be suitable for cyclists, will link the new commercial and housing development to the south of the A4440 with Power Park in St Peter’s on the northern side.
For the full story, please read: Work to begin on new Broomhall Way Footbridge this month
2 July 2020
Work on one of Worcestershire’s largest infrastructure projects – the Southern Link Road Phase 4 in Worcester – is back in full swing following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
138 personnel have been back on site for 4 weeks and have already completed a number of milestones.
These include the installation of 24 No Concrete W Beams at Powick Viaduct which will allow the bridge deck to be constructed.
This mammoth scheme will see the dualling of the A4440 Southern Link Road between the M5 and Powick. The work includes widening the Carrington Bridge over the River Severn and similarly extending the Powick Viaduct to four lanes from the current two lanes.
The County Council’s contractor on that scheme, Griffiths, have worked tirelessly to put a myriad of new procedures and checks in place to ensure work was able to resume on release of Government guidance.
For the full story, please read: Big changes on site have enabled work on the county’s biggest scheme to reboot
20 December 2019
Worcestershire’s newest footbridge now open
The impressive main span of Worcestershire’s newest footbridge situated over the A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR) is now open.
The footbridge over Crookbarrow Way is accessible from the south via Brockhill Lane and the north via the public right of way that runs parallel with Deer Avenue and the railway line in St Peters Estate.
Work continues to complete the ramp to and from the Crookbarrow Way footpath and this is expected to be open early next year.
For the full story, please read: Worcestershire's newest footbridge now open
29 November 2019
Closures on A4440 (Crookbarrow Way)
The A4440 Crookbarrow Way will be closed in both directions from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th December between 9pm and 6am. This is to allow for realignment and resurfacing works to take place on the eastbound carriageway.
2 October 2019
Temeside Way works completed ahead of schedule
The night works on Temeside Way on the SLR have been completed ahead of schedule. The next phase of planned night works now moves to the top of the A38, so the road will be closed, between the Ketch and Timberdine Roundabouts only, from 9pm to 6.30am from tonight for up to 10 nights.
25 September 2019
Southern Link Road Scheme in Worcester Moving Forward
In just over 6 months, a lot has happened on the fourth phase of the scheme to fully dual the Southern Link Road between Junction 7 of the M5 and Powick Roundabout.
Main works started back in March following formal confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) of the funding to Worcestershire County Council for the fourth and final part of the scheme. This will see dualling complete between the Ketch and Powick roundabout and includes construction of a new Carrington bridge and Powick viaduct.
To complete the next phase of works, it will be necessary to have a limited number of lane restrictions on both the Powick and Ketch Roundabouts.
There will be some overnight closures and restrictions on the approaches to them.
This is to provide working space to increase capacity on the roundabout approaches, circulatory carriageway and exits, install new street lighting, upgrade pedestrian/cycle crossings and to tie into Temeside Way and the new carriageway.
The following traffic management will be in place over the coming weeks:
- Monday 30th September - Temeside Way will be fully closed in both directions overnight for up to 5 nights (9pm-5:30am) and thereafter Temeside Way will be down to 2 lanes on the approach to Powick Roundabout for the duration of this phase of work. During the overnight closures a diversion will be signposted via Bath Road/Bromwich Road.
- Early October – Following the Temeside closures, the A38 will be fully closed overnight in both directions between the Ketch and Timberdine Roundabouts for up to 10 nights (9pm – 5:30am). During these overnight closures, a diversion will be signposted via A4440/London Road. After the closures, the southbound lanes will be on a temporary new alignment for 12 weeks.
Dates/times may vary due to factors such as poor weather and, as some of the work is sequential, if there are any delays, subsequent dates could be impacted.
Advanced warning signs will be displayed on site and diversions will be signposted for full road closures.
For the full story, please read: Southern Link Road Scheme in Worcester Moving Forward
6 August 2019
Crookbarrow Way Footbridge
The county’s newest bridge was moved into place over part of Worcester’s Southern Link Road at the weekend!
We are very excited about this new addition, however more work needs to be completed before the footbridge is fully open to the public later this year. We need to:
- Touch up the paint on the bridge following installation
- Backfill the supports at each end of the bridge
- Install bearings, expansion joints and connect the drainage
- On the St Peters (North) side:
- Construct connection to the high level footpath
- Construct ramps to join the lower lever footpath with bridge
- On the Norton (South) side:
- Remove site compound
- Install kerbing and surfacing to Brockhill Lane
- Install fencing and bollards
- Install directional signage
The bridge, once fully complete, will be suitable for pedestrians, mobility scooters, bikes and those on horseback and will provide a vital link between the communities of St Peters and Norton.
It will also improve connectivity between the city centre and the new Worcestershire Parkway Station, currently under construction just off M5 Junction 7.
Watch this space for more details on when the bridge will be fully open.
22 July 2019
Footbridge over SLR ready for installation
The installation of Crookbarrow Way Footbridge, between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts on Worcester’s A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR), will take place over the next few weeks.
The bridge, once fully complete, will be suitable for pedestrians, mobility scooters, bikes and those on horseback. It will provide a vital link between the communities of St Peters and Norton as well as supporting connectivity between the city centre and the new Worcestershire Parkway Station, currently under construction just off M5 Junction 7.
To allow the bridge installation works to take place, road and lane closures between Whittington and Norton roundabouts will need to be in place on the following dates:
- 7pm on Saturday 27 July to 7pm on Sunday 28 July – Full closure in both directions
- 7pm on Saturday 3 August to 7pm on Sunday 4 August – Full closure in both directions
- 7pm on Saturday 10 August to 7pm on Sunday 11 August – Full closure in both directions
These road closures may vary if works are affected by bad weather, for example high winds. The road will be opened as soon as possible on each of the Sundays.
During the two weeks in between the closures, to support the works, the west bound (downhill) carriageway will be fully closed. All traffic will therefore use the current eastbound (uphill) carriageway with two of the three lanes for westbound traffic (down the hill) and one lane for eastbound traffic (up the hill). These temporary changes will be fully signed and clearly marked.
For the full story, please read Footbridge over SLR ready for installation
9 July 2019
The proposed new Broomhall Way Footbridge has today been given the go-ahead by Worcestershire County Council's Planning and Regulatory Committee.
The bridge will span the A4440 Southern Link Road between the Ketch and Norton Roundabouts.
More details on timescales for this project to follow.
28 June 2019
Closures on A4440 (between Whittington and Norton roundabouts)
Please see below dates for closures on the A4440 between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts to allow bridge installation works to take place:
- 7pm on Saturday 27 July to 7pm on Sunday 28 July – Full closure in both directions
- 7pm on Saturday 3 August to 7pm on Sunday 4 August – Full closure in both directions
- 7pm on Saturday 10 August to 7pm on Sunday 11 August - Full closure in both directions
During the full closures, diversion routes will be signed for motorists and pedestrians/cyclists.
Please be aware that changes to times and dates can be made at short notice. Any updates will be published on this page.
28 June 2019
Foundation work to start next week for new Carrington bridge and viaduct
Further works on the scheme to see the final part of dualling on Worcester’s Southern Link Road by Worcestershire County Council, starts early next week.
To enable the construction of the new bridge next to Carrington Bridge and the new viaduct, foundations need to be built. Before this work is started, temporary sheet piles, which are big interlocking panels of steel, need to be vertically inserted into the ground, near the current supporting walls of the bridge. These sheet piles will keep the earth in place behind them and will ensure the stability of the existing structures whilst the ground in front is excavated in readiness for the new foundations to be laid.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “It’s good to see yet another phase of work starting that will move us closer to completion of the dualling between the M5 and Powick roundabout.
I am once again pleased to see that the team are doing all they can to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for those using this busy route”.
These piling works are planned to start from Monday 1 July 2019 for around three weeks (depending on the weather) and whilst they take place, the site boundary fencing that currently runs along the south side of the carriageway will be covered. A temporary reduced speed limit of 30 mph will be also in place for the duration, as much of the work will be carried out close to the carriageway.
Works are also soon to start in readiness for improvements to the Powick roundabout and the new foot and cycle bridge over Hams Way. Ahead of this, the car park next to the Powick roundabout will close on Monday 1 July for the remainder of the scheme. Cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to follow the Malvern Road and pedestrians will also have the option of rejoining the Old Powick Road just south of the Old Bridge via a Public Right of Way.
28 June 2019
Bridge Project highly commended at national Achievement Awards
The Battenhall Bridge Extension project, delivered by Worcestershire County Council, gained further recognition being highly commended for a national Achievement Award.
This award, the latest in an increasing line, saw the project highly commended in the Highways Management category at The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards, which took place earlier this week.
The Council and its partners, SLC Rail and Alun Griffiths Ltd, were praised for ‘demonstrating an example of innovative engineering which could be transferable to similar situations across the UK’ and ‘demonstrating a ‘can-do’ attitude which delivered the project effectively and efficiently and satisfied the needs and issues of several organisations with the minimum of disruption’.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "This is yet another fantastic and very well deserved achievement for everyone involved in the work on Battenhall Railway Bridge. I’m thrilled the team have received further recognition for their efforts.
"The work on extending the bridge was an extremely important part of our wider project to ensure the A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road is fit for the future by dualling from the M5 to Powick Roundabout”.
The extension of the Battenhall Railway Bridge was one of the most significant obstacles to dualling the Southern Link Road between Whittington and Norton roundabouts.
The bridge spans one of the busiest stretches of road in the county, just off the M5 motorway and carries rail services from London into Worcester and Herefordshire.
Peter Evans, Project Director for Alun Griffiths Limited, said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in this work. The spirit of partnership shown in delivering this complex project has been an inspiration to everybody involved.”
This success adds further recognition, as the project was a winner at the recent 2019 ICE West Midlands Civil Engineering Awards, highly commended at the Rail Business Awards and won Best Large Project at the 2019 Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation West Midlands Awards.
Sam Uren, Engineering Director of SLC, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work on this project with our partners. We’re really proud of the SLC team’s part in making this such a great success.
“SLC prides itself on working with others to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Our aim is to build collaborative and positive relationships thus achieving a great outcome for our clients and the public who will benefit from these types of investments. Well done to all involved!”
Dualling the A4440 Southern Link Road is one of the largest infrastructure projects to be undertaken in Worcestershire.
23 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.
18 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.
11 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.
1 March 2019
Please see above: A 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.
22 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
8 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.