Works to improve Pig Alley in Bromsgrove were completed on Tuesday 3rd September ready for local students to return to school after the summer holidays.
The latest in the long line of improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bromsgrove, focused on improving to the appearance and accessibility at Pig Alley, which sits between two schools.
The works included widening the path to allow for use by pedestrians, cyclists and those using mobility scooters, improving drainage and updating the lighting to make it more effective and more efficient.
The improvements were part of Worcestershire County Council’s scheme to improve walking and cycling routes in Bromsgrove – a scheme that has already made a big difference in the area since it started last Autumn.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: "This is a very popular route for parents and school children, so it’s great that the work finished on schedule and in time for the return to school.
“As a council, we’re committed to providing people in and around Bromsgrove with viable alternatives to getting in the car and this is just one example of the work taking place across the town to improve walking and cycling routes.”
The route through Pig Alley now has a new 3-metre-wide surfaced path from the north, off Conway Road down to the south where it stops at Charford Road. All the lighting has been replaced and upgraded to LED lighting and the trees have been thinned out to allow more natural light on to the alley. New drainage has been installed, with the path raised up in certain areas to help prevent pooling of water and new fencing has been installed where needed.
Chris Smith, headteacher of South Bromsgrove High, said: “The widening of the alleyway next to the school, along with the improvements to the lighting, should make the access to school much safer and address the flooding issues we have been experiencing”.
We are very pleased with the result.”
The works at Pig Alley add to improvements in the scheme already progressing well at Sanders Park and those already completed at Windsor Street. Work is also set to start later this month on Kidderminster Road and later this year on Hanover Street.
The programme of works is funded via the Department for Transport’s (DfT) National Productivity Investment Fund of which £3.4 million was granted to the county to reduce congestion and improve walking any cycling routes in Bromsgrove.
Further afield, schemes in Worcester city centre, which are funded by another bid from the same DfT investment fund are also progressing well.
More information about improvements being made to Bromsgrove’s walking and cycling routes can be found at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20694/bromsgrove_improvements