Another busy year ahead for Worcester’s Southern Link Road Improvements

Aerial view of the Powick Viaduct. Published Tuesday, 16th March 2021

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.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "It’s been a difficult year and Covid-19 is still having an impact on many of our key infrastructure projects around the county.

“It’s great, that despite this, the work has progressed very well on the Southern Link Road and we’ve been in the position over the past year to put in place a number of key elements of the scheme.

“A huge amount of work is planned this year, with many more milestone moments set to take place on this scheme in 2021.”

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and flooding, 2020 saw a number of key milestones achieved.

In July last year, work began on the installation of the brand-new Broomhall Way Footbridge, an integral part of the council’s commitment to improve cycling and walking routes. The bridge was then lifted into place in December and is set to open in summer 2021.

The steel frames to widen Carrington Bridge were lifted into place in October. The work involved the installation of steel fabricated in Darlington and installed using one of the biggest cranes in the UK.

Then finally, towards the end of December and following a successful lift of the main span into place in September, there was just enough time to fit in one more major milestone, with the opening of the Hams Way Footbridge. A fantastic looking bridge if we do say so ourselves.

Keep an eye on our website and social media channels to keep up to date with the works. For more information about the overall scheme and to view time-lapse videos, please visit the County Council website