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New link will help a healthy lifestyle
12:40pm Monday 18th February 2013 in News
A NEW walking and cycling link has opened in Worcester with council chiefs hoping that it will help to make the city healthier.
Penny Brick Way was opened in a ceremony at St Mark’s Church, Bath Road, Worcester. Transport chiefs at Worcestershire County Council have been working with Sustrans to develop a number of walking and cycling links which access the new Diglis Bridge across the river Severn.
The new link has been developed in partnership with St Mark’s Church and the Diocese of Worcester who have agreed to a new shared use path for walking and cycling going through the church grounds.
The path, which runs bet-ween Orchard Street and Bath Road, provides a route to a new crossing on Bath Road which people can use to access Cherry Orchard School via the Duck Brook Pedway.
The cost of the project, which was funded via the Big Lottery Fund and the council’s Connect2 scheme, was around £240,000.
The name Penny Brick Way was chosen after a competition for pupils at Cherry Orchard School.
The winning entry was submitted by Joey Gough, a year two pupil, who was presented with a £30 cinema voucher by county councillor John Smith.
His winning name, Penny Brick Way, was inspired by a 1902 scheme to raise funds to build the church which involved the sale of penny bricks.
Coun Smith, the cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, said: “Worcester is a beautiful city and it’s absolutely essential that people have access to good walking and cycling routes to support the choice of healthy travel options around the city and beyond.”