The programme of works to improve the walking and cycling network in Bromsgrove is now back underway.
Many residents may have already seen works, being delivered by Worcestershire County Council, taking place on the footbridge between Market Street and Mill Lane, with the new improved bridge now in place.
Further works in this area started this week on the controlled crossing points on Market Street and Mill Lane to ensure they align with the bridge to improve pedestrian safety in the area.
Works to complete phase three of the Sanders Park enhancements are also set to begin next week. These works include widening of the Sanders Park Bridge and works to finish off widening the paths either side of the bridge.
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure for Worcestershire County Council, said: “Both the works at Sanders Park and on Market Street were put on hold in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so it’s great to see us back at work in those areas.
“These works, along with the schemes that we’ve already completed in the town, 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.”
Works on Market Street and Mill Lane will include some footway and road closures, in addition to changes to usage of the bus stands and taxi rank.
More details about these can be found on the County Council website at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20694/bromsgrove_improvements. Works are set for completion in the Autumn.
Works at Sanders Park will also include installation of new signage and bollards across the park. These works will take place at the same time as works on Sanders Park Bridge and will last up to 6 weeks.
Over the past two years Worcestershire County Council has worked on a number of improvement schemes for walking and cycling in the area.
These works have included improving access to Pig Alley, installing improved road crossings on Windsor Street, Kidderminster Road and Hanover Street, traffic calming measures on Broad Street and a range of footways widened across the town to cater for both pedestrians and cyclists.
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 and cycling routes in Bromsgrove.