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Work to install new path set to get underway

Diglis Bridge to Duck Brook path Published Tuesday, 22nd November 2022

A new path is set to be installed in Worcester, as part of Worcestershire County Council’s commitment to improving the walking, cycling and wheeling network across the County.

This is part of Worcester City Council’s work to boost active travel within the city.

The installation of the new path between Diglis Bridge and Duck Brook, with a link to St Mark’s Close will commence week beginning Monday 28 November.

Work on the new stone-surfaced path is part of a wider package of improvements, which will see further enhancements delivered on the Ronkswood and Diglis Basin to Sixways Active Travel corridors and the works undertaken as part of the Emergency Active Travel Funding.

Councillor Mike Rouse, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “Across the county, we’re carrying out great work to make big improvements to our active travel infrastructure.

“The addition of this footpath will enable a more direct link on the Severn Way between Diglis Bridge and Ketch Roundabout and beyond.

“Enhancing active travel is very important to the County Council, and we are delighted to be working in partnership to deliver another example of our commitment in this area.”

These works are being carried out on behalf of Worcester City Council, which has secured £4.5 million to improve active travel in the city from the Government’s Towns Fund.

Councillor Stephen Hodgson, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, said: “This new path is just part of a major investment programme that aims to improve and enhance walking and cycling infrastructure in the city, making active travel a more viable and attractive option for Worcester’s communities.

“The path between Diglis Bridge and Duck Brook is one of several new and upgraded off-road walking and cycling routes that will link with existing pathways to provide new ways of travelling between residential areas, community facilities and workplaces.”

Some closures will be in place within the area during the works, with the work expected to last up to 12 weeks.

The work is being carried out in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Friends of Diglis Fields Group.