IMPROVEMENTS to walking and cycling network are now back under way after being put on hold during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The new improved footbridge in Bromsgrove town centre, between Market Street and Mill Lane is now in place and further works have started on the crossings.
This will ensure they align with the bridge to improve pedestrian safety.
Some pathways and roads will be closed and there will be changes as part of an overhauling of the bus station.
Currently there are five bus stops but that will be reduced to four when the work is completed to enable the taxi rank to move from outside the Market Place chip shop to move where the fifth stop is.
The aim is to make accessing taxis easier for pedestrians from the footpath, rather than them having to enter the road.
Works to complete phase three of the Sanders Park enhancements are also set to begin, including the widening of the Sanders Park Bridge and works to finish off widening the paths either side of the bridge.
New signs and bollards will also be introduced as part of the work which is expected to last up to six weeks.
Already completed works include improving access to Pig Alley, installing better crossings on Windsor Street, Kidderminster Road and Hanover Street, traffic calming measures on Broad Street and pavements being widened across the town to make it safer for both pedestrians and cyclists.
The programme is funded via the Department for Transport’s (DfT) National Productivity Investment Fund which saw £3.4million granted to the county to reduce congestion and improve Bromsgrove’s walking and cycling routes.
Coun Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said the authority was committed to ensuring congestion was reduced in and around Bromsgrove as well as improving access for pedestrians and cyclists.
“These works, along with the schemes already completed, are essential for making it easier for people to get about the town centre without the need to use their cars.”
“We’re committed to ensuring that we reduce congestion in and around Bromsgrove and making improvements to walking and cycling routes is a huge part of this commitment.”
Click here for more details. Works are set for completion in the Autumn.