Third walking and cycling bridge lowered into place across the A4440

October 05 2020
Third walking and cycling bridge lowered into place across the A4440

A new walking and cycling bridge is now in place over a section of Worcester’s Southern Link Road.

The bridge, which replaces a pedestrian crossing, passes over Hams Way.

Once complete, it will allow improved crossing of the busy road for pedestrians and cyclists.

 The bridge was built off site and carefully manoeuvred into place.

The Hams Way Footbridge was lifted into position in mid September with further works to complete the access ramps and stairs taking place before the bridge can be fully opened later this year.

 Conservative councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure for Worcestershire County Council, said: “It’s good to see another key part of this scheme being put into place. 

“It’s certainly an impressive structure and, when it’s opened, will further enhance walking and cycling routes in and around the city.”

  The bridge is one of four new crossings to be installed as part of the scheme to dual the A4440 Southern Link Road from the M5 to the Powick roundabout. 

The crossings include Crookbarrow Way footbridge, which opened earlier this year, Broomhall Way footbridge, which is currently under construction, and a new underpass near the Ketch roundabout as well as the Hams Way footbridge near the Powick roundabout, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 46.

Work is underway on site to prepare for the installation of the main span of the Broomhall Way Footbridge, with the installation set to take place later this year. Works on the bridge, alongside additional works, which include upgrading of the footpaths and cycle ways, measures to lessen the impact of flooding on the park, a planting scheme and an improved football pitch for the park, are scheduled for completion in the first half of 2021.

 Work has also started on the underpass near the Ketch roundabout. Currently the completion of the work is planned for the second half of 2021.

 Opening dates for the Hams Way Footbridge, Broomhall Way Footbridge and the underpass are yet to be finalised.