New walking and cycling bridge to go before planning committee

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The latest in a long line of walking and cycling improvements being made across the county is set to go before Worcestershire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee this week.

The application for a new bridge over the River Avon, linking Hampton and Evesham town centre, will be considered tomorrow, Tuesday 19 March.

Currently, pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Hampton and the town centre must navigate the busy B4084 Pershore Road and cross the Abbey Bridge, which is also heavily trafficked. This situation often leads to people opting to travel by car instead.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said: “This bridge would be a huge step forward in our commitment to improving walking and cycling infrastructure provision in Evesham. If the application is approved it will give the green light to progress the bridge, providing more travel options for residents as well as enabling them to keep fit and active.”

“We have already delivered a number of schemes to improve walking and cycling routes across Worcestershire, including a number of improvements in and around Bromsgrove, the opening of Broomhall Way, Crookbarrow Way and Hams Way footbridges in Worcester, and more recently, started the construction of Kepax Bridge in the centre of Worcester.”

Hampton Bridge is being funded from several sources including contributions from housing developers.

This application follows an extensive pre-planning public engagement exercise, which took place late in 2021. If given the go ahead, some initial works would get underway later this year with most of the work taking place in 2025/26.

You can view the Planning and Regulatory meeting papers on our planning webpages.

For updates on the progress of the bridge project, you can visit the dedicated page on the Worcestershire County Council website.