Do A4440 Southern Link Road revamp at night, council is urged

Worcester's notorious A4440 Southern Link Road, off the A38

Worcester's notorious A4440 Southern Link Road, off the A38

First published in News Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

PLEAS are being made to overhaul Worcester's notorious A4440 Southern Link Road at night - and speed up the roadworks quicker to avoid driver misery.

Politicians at Worcestershire County Council say residents are worried that the £38 million project, which is set to start in April, will result in constant traffic problems.

As your Worcester News revealed last year, over the next four years the route will be part-dualled, from the Whittington island down to the Ketch roundabout.

It will result in the Ketch island, off the A38 Bath Road, doubling in size and the Network Rail owned bridge by the Whittington roundabout made wider to take an extra lane.

But some politicians say they have already had residents contact them fearful about the impact on congestion in the meantime.

The Conservative leadership has revealed that "some" of the work is likely to take place at night following the plea.

Councillor Paul Tuthill, who represents Malvern Link said: "It used to be the case that if you left Malvern at 6am you could get onto the M5 quickly, but that wasn't the case this morning.

"Although people in Malvern are very keen to see this go ahead, they are saying 'what will happen to the traffic when this work is being done'.

"Have we looked into doing this at night? Otherwise what we'll end up with is months and months of problems."

His concern was echoed by Councillor Marc Bayliss, who represents St Peter's at County Hall.

"Is there any way the link work can be brought forward? I see it is due to be complete in 2018/19 but can we look into finishing it sooner."

The council has pledged to do the work in phases, and plans to finish the Ketch revamp by the spring of 2015 before starting on the next stretch one year later.

That 12 month 'lay off' period will allow the designs to be finalised and give drivers some crucial respite before it kicks off again.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and the cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure said: "Certainly, what we will do where possible is make sure the work is done outside the existing carriageway, then tie it in to the current carriageway to minimise the impact.

"And certainly some of that work will take place at night. We are very much alive to this issue, it's a key route used by, 30,000 vehicles a day."

The council say the part-dualling will reduce waiting times by up to 50 per cent, especially for drivers heading towards the M5.

It does not include the Carrington Bridge, but the council says it hopes to dual that after 2018 if it can secure funding, with the costs estimated at anywhere from £30 million upwards.

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2:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Andy-Apache says...

Took me an hour to get from Jct 7 to the Norton roundabout on Sunday afternoon! I know floods are at least partly to blame, but can you imagine this when there is 700 more houses alongside this road? Carrington bridge will STILL be the bottleneck, dualling the rest will make not one jot of difference when you have 10 - 20% of folk by my reckoning who use the right turn lanes to go all the way around and then block the roundabout for everyone else.

If they're going to eat up the land either side of the roundabouts, why not just have slips on and off (like the vast improvements they made to the A419 near Swindon), and , sorry to say it folks, but unless the bridge is dualled, it will be a huge waste of (mine and your!) money.
Took me an hour to get from Jct 7 to the Norton roundabout on Sunday afternoon! I know floods are at least partly to blame, but can you imagine this when there is 700 more houses alongside this road? Carrington bridge will STILL be the bottleneck, dualling the rest will make not one jot of difference when you have 10 - 20% of folk by my reckoning who use the right turn lanes to go all the way around and then block the roundabout for everyone else. If they're going to eat up the land either side of the roundabouts, why not just have slips on and off (like the vast improvements they made to the A419 near Swindon), and , sorry to say it folks, but unless the bridge is dualled, it will be a huge waste of (mine and your!) money. Andy-Apache
  • Score: 8

2:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Give Up! says...

What's the CC plan should the A44 bridge have to close for a lengthy period (structural damage etc), without the completion of a ring road to the North of the city many businesses will go under. 1 week has caused huge financial loss., extend this to several weeks and there are problems. The floods show that the southern link can not cope with the traffic volume leaving little choice with the onset of an extra 4,100 houses (8000 cars) than to give Worcester a proper ring road so we can get to work!!!!
What's the CC plan should the A44 bridge have to close for a lengthy period (structural damage etc), without the completion of a ring road to the North of the city many businesses will go under. 1 week has caused huge financial loss., extend this to several weeks and there are problems. The floods show that the southern link can not cope with the traffic volume leaving little choice with the onset of an extra 4,100 houses (8000 cars) than to give Worcester a proper ring road so we can get to work!!!! Give Up!
  • Score: 11

4:39am Tue 18 Feb 14

yamoto says...

there is still only one answer to all this, especially after what we have just seen with the floods, does common sense not trip in. NORTHERN LINK ROAD!!!!!!!!! is the only answer.
there is still only one answer to all this, especially after what we have just seen with the floods, does common sense not trip in. NORTHERN LINK ROAD!!!!!!!!! is the only answer. yamoto
  • Score: 7

8:38am Tue 18 Feb 14

green49 says...

When the Carrington bridge was being built the Councils knew it would be not able to cope with future traffic,, it has proved to be the case but why live here if you want to work miles away?????
When the Carrington bridge was being built the Councils knew it would be not able to cope with future traffic,, it has proved to be the case but why live here if you want to work miles away????? green49
  • Score: -4

11:57am Tue 18 Feb 14

BrownSauce says...

The council already work in the dark!!!!

Just build the northern link and this work will wait, and no need to disrupt everybody for the next year or so.
The council already work in the dark!!!! Just build the northern link and this work will wait, and no need to disrupt everybody for the next year or so. BrownSauce
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Marant says...

The northern link road will not solve any problems, only create more in time. As soon as the road is complete the developers will fill in the gap between the road and the city. There'll then be loads more traffic from all the new residents and jams to the north and south of the city. It may ease the problem to begin with, but not for long.

The only long term solution is more employment land in Worcester, not just houses, so people don't have to travel. But seeing as it looks like we've just lost the battle with the Black Country (who want all the jobs, with us having the houses) for the local development plan, I doubt we'll ever get it.
The northern link road will not solve any problems, only create more in time. As soon as the road is complete the developers will fill in the gap between the road and the city. There'll then be loads more traffic from all the new residents and jams to the north and south of the city. It may ease the problem to begin with, but not for long. The only long term solution is more employment land in Worcester, not just houses, so people don't have to travel. But seeing as it looks like we've just lost the battle with the Black Country (who want all the jobs, with us having the houses) for the local development plan, I doubt we'll ever get it. Marant
  • Score: -5

1:38pm Tue 18 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

" why live here if you want to work miles away?????"

Lack of housing! And Worcester propaganda about how good we've got it here!
" why live here if you want to work miles away?????" Lack of housing! And Worcester propaganda about how good we've got it here! I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -1

1:46pm Tue 18 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"The only long term solution is more employment land in Worcester, not just houses, so people don't have to travel."

Sadly, I suspect that given the virtually complete lack of any usable public transport in the city that most employment in Worcester will be driven to and not alleviate any traffic demand.
"The only long term solution is more employment land in Worcester, not just houses, so people don't have to travel." Sadly, I suspect that given the virtually complete lack of any usable public transport in the city that most employment in Worcester will be driven to and not alleviate any traffic demand. I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -1

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