Kepax Walking and Cycling Bridge Engagement Sessions next week

Kepax Location Map Published Wednesday, 15th July 2020

Worcestershire County Council is holding a number of engagement sessions next week on the proposed Kepax Walking and Cycling Bridge.

The proposed new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn in Worcester is planned to run from Gheluvelt Park to the east of the river and the Kepax site in St John’s, to the west.

Ahead of the scheme going through the planning application process, the council are asking local residents and businesses to have their say and comment on the proposals.

In addition to the web-based information and opportunity to feedback that has been live for a number of weeks, the County Council will be holding a number of sessions at locations on both sides of the river next week.

These are:

Session 1 - Monday 20 July - 9am to 11 am at:

Tesco Express, Martley Rd, Henwick Park, Worcester WR2 6HH  

Session 2 - Tuesday 2t July - 4pm to 6pm at:

Tesco Express, Martley Rd, Henwick Park, Worcester WR2 6HH

Session 3 - Wednesday 22 July - 9am to midday at:

Gheluvelt Park, in front of the Pump House Café, Waterworks Road, Worcester WR1 3EZ

Session 4 - Wednesday 22 July - 3pm to 6pm at:

Gheluvelt Park, in front of the Pump House Café, Waterworks Road, Worcester WR1 3EZ

Social distancing measures and restrictions will be in place at all sessions for the safety of staff and visitors and the Council would ask those attending to please adhere to them.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “If you can make one of the sessions then please do come and see the team and ask any questions you may have about the new proposed bridge.

“We’ve seen a big increase in the use of walking and cycling routes around the county, especially the riverside in Worcester, over the last few months and the proposed bridge would be a welcome addition to the popular riverside route.”

For the first time, it would allow users to enjoy a figure-of-eight route along the River Severn, from the very well used Diglis Bridge (which has had over 3 million users since it was opened in 2010) in the south to the soon-to-be-refurbished Sabrina Bridge near the city centre and this proposed new bridge in the north – and back again.

The other improvements in the scheme proposal would benefit many people using the area.

The proposed scheme will give the opportunity for people to walk and cycle much more quickly between the Henwick Park area (and further afield like Hallow and Broadheath) on the west and Barbourne and Claines in the east. In addition, improvements to the existing walking and cycling network will connect residents via the National Cycle Network.

These improvements will increase access to riverside leisure walks, cycle rides and the Green Flag-awarded Gheluvelt Park.

If you are unable to make the sessions, you can still visit the web pages to look at the proposals and there’s an email address if you have any comments.

You can visit the page on the County Council's website at: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/kepaxbridge

The deadline for comments during this pre-planning engagement phase is Friday 24th July. Interested parties, however will have further opportunities to comment on the formal planning application later this year.