Residents are being urged to have their say on a proposed new pedestrian and cycling bridge in Evesham.
Worcestershire County Council is unveiling plans to build a new river crossing before a formal planning application is lodged.
The Hampton Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge will provide improved connectivity over the River Avon for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Hampton, Evesham town centre and other local amenities. The route will be more direct and off-road, compared with having to use Abbey Bridge.
Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport said: “This bridge is a big step forward in our commitment to improve walking and cycling routes across Evesham.
“The new bridge will provide a vital link between Hampton and its new housing developments on the west of the town with the facilities and services in the town centre. It will also improve access for people from the town side of the river to attractions on the Hampton side.”
The proposed scheme is being shared online on the dedicated Hampton Bridge pages of the County Council website. and at two community drop-in events:
• Tuesday, 16th November, 2021 at Evesham Town Hall (Vine Street, Evesham) between 5:00pm and 7:00 pm, and
• Friday, 19th November, 2021 at Hampton Guide and Scout Community Hall (Pershore Road, Evesham) between 2:30 pm to 5:00pm
The proposed new bridge is part of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for the town.
Evesham’s LCWIP is designed to promote Worcestershire County Council’s long-term approach to developing cycling and walking over a 10-year period. This would include improvements to new links, crossings and resurfacing.
The draft LCWIP is being engaged upon at the same time as the new bridge, so come and find out more information at the exhibitions detailed above, or visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/EveshamLCWIP
The closing date to submit comments for the proposed bridge and/or the Evesham LCWIP is Monday, 20th December 2021.
Residents will have another opportunity to make comments about the bridge, during the formal planning consultation process in 2022.
To view the proposals for the new bridge, and for more information go to the dedicated Hampton Bridge pages of the County Council website.