Plans for a new footbridge over the River Severn to improve walking and cycling routes in Worcester received a significant boost last week.
It was announced by Worcestershire County Council that £4 million has been earmarked to go towards the design and construction of a new walking/cycling bridge between Kepax and Gheluvelt Park just outside Worcester city centre.
The proposal builds on the huge success of the walking/cycling bridge at Diglis and would significantly enhance walking and cycling links around the city.
The scheme is being developed in partnership with Worcester City Council and, following the successful completion of an initial feasibility study, work is due to start shortly on carrying out the geological, environmental and flood risk surveys that are required to develop a detailed design.
The capital investment for the new bridge was announced as part of Worcestershire County Council's proposed Budget for the next financial year.
Within the £4m, there are also proposals to refurbish Sabrina Bridge in Worcester which is a vital route for pedestrians and cyclists between the city and St John's including the University campus.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member for the Economy and Infrastructure, said: "It's great news that proposals for a new bridge to link Gheluvelt Park with the other side of the River Severn at Kepax have taken a huge stride forward.
"We're always looking to improve walking and cycling for our residents and this will be a vital link bringing two parts of Worcester closer together.
"We want more of our residents to choose walking or cycling, as it's good for their health and well-being and helps to improve the environment, which is one of our main priorities."
The new bridge will help to reduce congestion and also enhance connectivity across north Worcester as the new bridge, similar to the Diglis project, will open up the opportunity for people to walk and cycle much more quickly between the Henwick Park area (and further afield like Hallow\Broadheath) on the westside and Barbourne, Claines and associated areas.
Worcestershire County Council is proposing to invest millions of pounds into tackling congestion, improving town centres and upgrading railway stations across the county.
The capital investments were announced as part of the Council's proposed Budget for the next financial year.
The final budget proposals will be considered by Councillors next month at full council on 14 February.