West Moor Link works update

Work on this important road improvement scheme started on 22 July 2019 and is expected to last around two years. Motorists are advised to use other routes into Doncaster where they can to avoid delays.

The West Moor Link scheme is a key infrastructure scheme which will deliver significant benefits for road users and our borough.

Road closures update

We have some planned day time and night time road closures coming up on the A18 Thorne Road between Shaw Lane and Sainsburys roundabout.

  • We will have a 14 day closure of the road between 8pm on the Monday 13 July to 6am on Sunday 10 August 2020.

This closure will allow vital piles to be bored for the south abutment of the new bridge. Once the closure is in place it will remain there until the these foundations are complete. It will reopen sooner if work goes well. There is some flexibility on start date as we continue discussions with Network Rail.

  • We will then have 25 night time closures between Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 30 September 2020 from 10pm and 6am. The road will be open outside of these hours.

This is to allow the safe construction of the south abutment walls and associated works. 

Signed diversions will be in place during the closures. See below.

A18 Thorne Road - Diversion Routes
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The timings of the works have been planned during school holidays, overnight and at weekends where we can to minimise any disruption. However, as is the case with schemes of this scale and complexity there will be some impact on road users and people are asked to carefully plan their journeys and, importantly, allow more time to get to their destination.

We will look to post updates on social media in advance of the key works taking place to let people know. Please follow MyDoncaster.

Our main contractor Balfour Beatty is producing regular newsletters showing how work is progressing. See below:

A18 - Balfour Beatty Newsletter Jan to Mar 2020
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A18 - Balfour Beatty Newsletter Nov-Dec 2019
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Frequently asked questions

What is being done and when?

Works started on 22 July 2019 with some essential adjustments to the traffic island on the carriageway in advance of the bridge works.

Yorkshire Water and Cadent gas diversion works took place in autumn 2019.

Between Sunday 1 March and Sunday 8 March we needed to close a section of the A18 Thorne Road between Shaw Lane and Sainsburys roundabout to allow essential foundation works for the new bridge to be carried out. Piling rigs needed to be positioned near the bridge and the road had to be closed so they could operate safely. We had signposted diversions in place during this closure.

We had to book a time slot with Network Rail due to rail services. This week has been booked with Network Rail for a long time as they need lots of notice to change train services.

From Sunday 8 March to the end of June 2020 the lane closures have started again so we can carry on getting things ready for the new bridge to be installed later in the year.

A technical drawing is on the right hand side of this page shows the new bridge.

  • We will have a 14 day closure of the road between 8pm on the Monday 13 July to 6am on Sunday 10 August 2020.

This closure will allow vital piles to be bored for the south abutment of the new bridge. Once the closure is in place it will remain there until the these foundations are complete. 

  • We will then have 25 days of nights closures from Tuesday 11 August until Wednesday 30 September 2020 between 10pm and 6am. The road will be open outside of these hours.

This is to allow the safe construction of the south abutment walls and associated works.

Later in 2020 we will need another road closure to lift the new bridge into position. We will try to do this work during school summer holidays when there is less traffic on the road to minimise the impact.

Once the bridge works are complete, we will carry out highways and junction improvements. These will run until the end of March 2021 and be managed through lane closures. We will look to do culvert improvement works during this period as well.

Will traffic access be maintained?

During the majority of the works there will only need to be a lane closure. This will maintain access for traffic, however the lane closures will see some delays particularly in the morning rush hour. When possible we will look to remove lane closures to minimise disruption.

Are any road closures planned and if so when?

  • We will have a 14 day closure of the road between 8pm on the Monday 13 July to 6am on Sunday 10 August 2020.

This closure will allow vital piles to be bored for the south abutment of the new bridge. Once the closure is in place it will remain there until the these foundations are complete. 

  • We will then have 25 days of nights closures from Tuesday 11 August until Wednesday 30 September 2020 between 10pm and 6am. The road will be open outside of these hours.

This is to allow the safe construction of the south abutment walls and associated works.

Later in the summer 2020 we will need another road closure to install the bridge. This is likely to be in the summer holidays when there is less traffic on the roads to minimise impact for road users.

Once the bridge is in place, the road will re-open with lane closures to allow the north abutment to be removed and highways works to continue.

We may need a further road closure to lower the road under the new bridge and undertake the culvert replacement works.

Whenever possible we will look to remove lane closures and reduce the length of road closures to minimise disruption.

Why is the project going to take so long?

Working under lane closures means it can take longer to complete elements of the scheme than it would take if we closed the road for an extended period. However, the impact of an extended road closure to complete the highways work is considered too disruptive.

The works on the bridge requires us to close the railway line, over the bridge, which will cause disruption to the freight operators who use it.  This has taken significant planning and negotiations with Network Rail to schedule in. The bridge replacement will also require us to close the carriageway beneath it, during the works, which took place the first week in March 2020 and again later in the summer. 

In advance of the bridge works, we need to complete some preliminary highways works.  A significant proportion of the time taken to deliver the highways element is due to the number of utilities which run under the carriageway, including gas, electricity and water mains, which will need to be diverted.  We will also be replacing a culvert beneath the road, which will require the lowering of the carriageway.

We will be doing all we can to reduce the time it takes to complete the project.

Will a pedestrian route be maintained?

Yes, a diverted pedestrian route will be offered during the lane closures. We will look to put arrangements in place for pedestrians during any road closures. We did this with a free shuttle bus when we needed a closure in March 2020.

How will this affect residents and businesses located on the proposed section of works?

Access to residential areas and businesses will be maintained using alternative routes when necessary with appropriate signage placed on the road network to aid navigation.  We wrote to businesses to notify those directly affected by and during the works. We will provide regular updates on this webpage on access arrangements during the works.

What about getting to work or dropping children off at school?

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but we are trying to minimise disruption by getting works done during non-busy periods where we can like in the school holidays, at night and on weekends. We do advise people to keep an eye on this webpage, social media (MyDoncaster) and advance road notifications of roadworks which will help people plan their route.  Please allow more time to get to where you are heading. We keep schools informed of plans during the project.

 

Last updated: 30 June 2020 15:57:00