THE next stage of the scheme to dual the Southern Link Road in Worcester will start early next week.

The final part of Worcestershire County Council's scheme to build a new bridge across the Severn next to Carrington Bridge and the new viaduct, will start with the construction of the foundations.

Before this work is started, temporary sheet piles, big interlocking panels of steel, need to be inserted vertically 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.

Cllr Ken Pollock, the 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.”

The piling work is planned to start on Monday, July 1, and is set to last for around three weeks, depending on the weather.

Whilst the work takes place, the site boundary fencing that currently runs along the south side of the carriageway will be covered.

A temporary speed limit of 30 mph will be also in place, 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.

The car park next to the Powick roundabout will close on Monday 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 footpath.