Footpaths, branded an "embarrassment" look set to be replaced

St John's County Councillor Richard Udall has been the driving force behind the campaign

St John's County Councillor Richard Udall has been the driving force behind the campaign

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A YEAR of campaigning has come to an end as work to improve the main Worcester city centre Bridge, branded ‘an embarrassment’, is set to begin.

County councillor Richard Udall, who represent St John’s, Worcester, has campaigned for Worcestershire County Council to replace the footpaths at the bridge, which he said were in poor condition.

Now it has been announced the existing paving slabs will be replaced with heritage stone and kerbs to match the existing footpaths adjacent to the bridge.

Cllr Udall said: “This is great news. Many St John’s residents have complained to me about the poor condition of these footpaths, they are in desperate need of replacement. It will make the bridge an attractive place for residents and tourists alike.

“It is a wonderful location to view both the river and the cathedral, residents will no longer be distracted by the disgraceful condition of the footpath. I am so pleased that the new footpath will be in place before the summer and will allow visitors to enjoy our riverside walks.

“The poor quality of the footpaths on the bridge will now cease to be an embarrassment to the city”

Work on the bridge is set to begin on Monday, May 12, and will take place between 7pm and 6am. During these times one of the lanes on each side of the bridge will be closed and slabs and other materials will be cut off site to reduce noise disturbance.

Materials will be moved each morning and the lanes re-opened in time for the morning commute.

Residents and traders will be kept informed of progress and disruption is aimed to be kept to a minimum. and The work will not take place during cricket matches or horse racing nights, said Cllr John Smith, cabinet member for highways.

“The county council is working hard to ensure the reconstruction works have little impact on both pedestrians and motorists who use the Worcester Bridge,” he said.

“We are conscious of the safety requirements of all staff carrying out the works and as such there may be a little disruption to accommodate this.

“The planned works are being carried out due to damage caused by traffic. The county council is eager to restore the Worcester monument to its full glory.”

A spokesman for the authority confirmed the work is expected to take around four weeks to complete.

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12:56pm Wed 7 May 14

CJH says...

How sad that there has to be a campaign to get this work done. Aren't the council supposed to repair and maintain footpaths as a matter of course? It's what we pay for, isn't it?
How sad that there has to be a campaign to get this work done. Aren't the council supposed to repair and maintain footpaths as a matter of course? It's what we pay for, isn't it? CJH
  • Score: 14

1:15pm Wed 7 May 14

Dirty-Belcher says...

It's good that this will be done out of peak times. But then, the council probably realise now that any closures of our very brittle Worcester road infrastructure will and does cause traffic mahem. We only really have one bridge. The other is a car park.
It's good that this will be done out of peak times. But then, the council probably realise now that any closures of our very brittle Worcester road infrastructure will and does cause traffic mahem. We only really have one bridge. The other is a car park. Dirty-Belcher
  • Score: 17

2:23pm Wed 7 May 14

saucerer says...

God help us, the highways department are going to be let loose on this bridge. This means we will see poorly managed works and utter chaos caused. Four weeks to complete? Double that! I just hope their inevitable ineptitude doesn't lead to a saga like Abbey bridge. And let us not forget the other bridge fiascos that were Upton bridge (wrong colour paint) and Holt Fleet bridge (overrunning works).
God help us, the highways department are going to be let loose on this bridge. This means we will see poorly managed works and utter chaos caused. Four weeks to complete? Double that! I just hope their inevitable ineptitude doesn't lead to a saga like Abbey bridge. And let us not forget the other bridge fiascos that were Upton bridge (wrong colour paint) and Holt Fleet bridge (overrunning works). saucerer
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Wed 7 May 14

i-cycle says...

Excellent news, but as usual, Cllr John Smith seems to forget about us cyclists.
This is also a cycle route. Is he really saying that no consideration will be given to minimising the disruption for cyclists?
Perhaps indicative of the way he and the County Council think about providing better cycle facilities to encourage more to cycle rather than use their car for those shorter journeys.
That's despite lots of County Council policies aimed at encouraging less car use, decreasing congestion and their new responsibilities for improving health by encouraging more residents to adopt healthier lifestyles.
Excellent news, but as usual, Cllr John Smith seems to forget about us cyclists. This is also a cycle route. Is he really saying that no consideration will be given to minimising the disruption for cyclists? Perhaps indicative of the way he and the County Council think about providing better cycle facilities to encourage more to cycle rather than use their car for those shorter journeys. That's despite lots of County Council policies aimed at encouraging less car use, decreasing congestion and their new responsibilities for improving health by encouraging more residents to adopt healthier lifestyles. i-cycle
  • Score: -22

7:35pm Wed 7 May 14

skychip says...

County Council employees could do with getting on their bikes rather than using Spetchley Road as a very long car park. Still I suppose they are fit walking from one end of the road to the other after having driven up and down the road a few times to find a parking space.
County Council employees could do with getting on their bikes rather than using Spetchley Road as a very long car park. Still I suppose they are fit walking from one end of the road to the other after having driven up and down the road a few times to find a parking space. skychip
  • Score: -9

7:53pm Wed 7 May 14

3thinker says...

i-cycle wrote:
Excellent news, but as usual, Cllr John Smith seems to forget about us cyclists.
This is also a cycle route. Is he really saying that no consideration will be given to minimising the disruption for cyclists?
Perhaps indicative of the way he and the County Council think about providing better cycle facilities to encourage more to cycle rather than use their car for those shorter journeys.
That's despite lots of County Council policies aimed at encouraging less car use, decreasing congestion and their new responsibilities for improving health by encouraging more residents to adopt healthier lifestyles.
As a driver, cyclist and pedestrian I think i-cycle makes a valid point.

If the County Council did show a higher priority for providing decent and segregated cycle ways, I'm sure more would cycle and all highway users would benefit.

With all the planned developments for Worcester there is only one way connection can go. As its all but impossible and certainly unaffordable to significantly improve the City's road infrastructure and provide lost of new car parking perhaps it is worth exploring other ways to reduce car use and the congestion and air and noise pollution it causes. With the associated health benefits for those that do cycle regularly it would also reduce demands on the local NHS and Social Sevices.

Unfortunately too many of our politicians can't see the advantages because they themselves are so car dependent.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, but as usual, Cllr John Smith seems to forget about us cyclists. This is also a cycle route. Is he really saying that no consideration will be given to minimising the disruption for cyclists? Perhaps indicative of the way he and the County Council think about providing better cycle facilities to encourage more to cycle rather than use their car for those shorter journeys. That's despite lots of County Council policies aimed at encouraging less car use, decreasing congestion and their new responsibilities for improving health by encouraging more residents to adopt healthier lifestyles.[/p][/quote]As a driver, cyclist and pedestrian I think i-cycle makes a valid point. If the County Council did show a higher priority for providing decent and segregated cycle ways, I'm sure more would cycle and all highway users would benefit. With all the planned developments for Worcester there is only one way connection can go. As its all but impossible and certainly unaffordable to significantly improve the City's road infrastructure and provide lost of new car parking perhaps it is worth exploring other ways to reduce car use and the congestion and air and noise pollution it causes. With the associated health benefits for those that do cycle regularly it would also reduce demands on the local NHS and Social Sevices. Unfortunately too many of our politicians can't see the advantages because they themselves are so car dependent. 3thinker
  • Score: -2

1:10pm Thu 8 May 14

BlogIT says...

Cllr Smith is quoted as saying “The planned works are being carried out due to damage caused by traffic". What planet are our County Councillors on? Talk about absolute rubbish. In my opinion, this damage has been caused over many years by Couonty Council Contractors not re-instating the footway correctly (see photo) and County Council Inspectors not doing their job to have the remedial works carried out.
Unless of course, the traffic has indeed been driving on the footpath...
Cllr Smith is quoted as saying “The planned works are being carried out due to damage caused by traffic". What planet are our County Councillors on? Talk about absolute rubbish. In my opinion, this damage has been caused over many years by Couonty Council Contractors not re-instating the footway correctly (see photo) and County Council Inspectors not doing their job to have the remedial works carried out. Unless of course, the traffic has indeed been driving on the footpath... BlogIT
  • Score: 6

1:36pm Thu 8 May 14

Andy_R says...

Spot on BlogIT. As the photos show, this is yet another botched repair job having to be redone, and nothing at all to do with traffic. Why is Cllr John Smith telling such an obvious lie?
Spot on BlogIT. As the photos show, this is yet another botched repair job having to be redone, and nothing at all to do with traffic. Why is Cllr John Smith telling such an obvious lie? Andy_R
  • Score: 5

6:02pm Thu 8 May 14

honeystj says...

BlogIT wrote:
Cllr Smith is quoted as saying “The planned works are being carried out due to damage caused by traffic". What planet are our County Councillors on? Talk about absolute rubbish. In my opinion, this damage has been caused over many years by Couonty Council Contractors not re-instating the footway correctly (see photo) and County Council Inspectors not doing their job to have the remedial works carried out.
Unless of course, the traffic has indeed been driving on the footpath...
Indeed. I've been cycling this path for years. The damage has been caused by ... ... Council vehicles (!) parking up on the pavement (to do other repair work - Ironic?). I noticed this when it happened to the original paving slabs years ago.

While they're at it (repairing), could they PLEASE add cycling/ pedestrian signs to the area? I'm tired of getting abuse from those ped commuters old enough to know better who don't realise it's also a cycle lane, walking around with earphones in and paying more attention to their texts/ iPods than what is around them. I do follow the rules when cycling and am a considerate cyclist, but pedestrians who shut out the rest of the world as they walk to work/ college/ shops are just inviting danger.
[quote][p][bold]BlogIT[/bold] wrote: Cllr Smith is quoted as saying “The planned works are being carried out due to damage caused by traffic". What planet are our County Councillors on? Talk about absolute rubbish. In my opinion, this damage has been caused over many years by Couonty Council Contractors not re-instating the footway correctly (see photo) and County Council Inspectors not doing their job to have the remedial works carried out. Unless of course, the traffic has indeed been driving on the footpath...[/p][/quote]Indeed. I've been cycling this path for years. The damage has been caused by ... ... Council vehicles (!) parking up on the pavement (to do other repair work - Ironic?). I noticed this when it happened to the original paving slabs years ago. While they're at it (repairing), could they PLEASE add cycling/ pedestrian signs to the area? I'm tired of getting abuse from those ped commuters old enough to know better who don't realise it's also a cycle lane, walking around with earphones in and paying more attention to their texts/ iPods than what is around them. I do follow the rules when cycling and am a considerate cyclist, but pedestrians who shut out the rest of the world as they walk to work/ college/ shops are just inviting danger. honeystj
  • Score: 2

12:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Marant says...

Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars.
Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars. Marant
  • Score: 5

10:33pm Fri 9 May 14

The Doosra says...

Marant wrote:
Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars.
Well, if it's been built on, it can hardly be re-opened can it?
[quote][p][bold]Marant[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars.[/p][/quote]Well, if it's been built on, it can hardly be re-opened can it? The Doosra
  • Score: -3

10:38am Sat 10 May 14

poontangy says...

CJH wrote:
How sad that there has to be a campaign to get this work done. Aren't the council supposed to repair and maintain footpaths as a matter of course? It's what we pay for, isn't it?
Have you Seriously not got anything better to do? Who are you? I have an image in my head of a person that might sit by a pc all day commenting on the webpage of the local awful rag....and its not a nice picture. I almost pity you. Almost.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: How sad that there has to be a campaign to get this work done. Aren't the council supposed to repair and maintain footpaths as a matter of course? It's what we pay for, isn't it?[/p][/quote]Have you Seriously not got anything better to do? Who are you? I have an image in my head of a person that might sit by a pc all day commenting on the webpage of the local awful rag....and its not a nice picture. I almost pity you. Almost. poontangy
  • Score: -4

1:24pm Mon 12 May 14

david350uk says...

Is there anyway of blocking nonsense posters on here ?
I don't need to see anything that i-cycle posts, ever.
Is there anyway of blocking nonsense posters on here ? I don't need to see anything that i-cycle posts, ever. david350uk
  • Score: 2

1:38pm Mon 12 May 14

Marant says...

The Doosra wrote:
Marant wrote:
Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars.
Well, if it's been built on, it can hardly be re-opened can it?
That's why I was asking if it had been. I don't know whether it has or not.
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marant[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking the area of the old St John's train halt has been built on? Re-opening that would be a great way to get people into town without using cars.[/p][/quote]Well, if it's been built on, it can hardly be re-opened can it?[/p][/quote]That's why I was asking if it had been. I don't know whether it has or not. Marant
  • Score: 2

11:58am Tue 13 May 14

Ted Elgar says...

How about some way for people walking along the river on the Worcester side to be able to cross the road without having having to throw themselves under a lorry?
How about some way for people walking along the river on the Worcester side to be able to cross the road without having having to throw themselves under a lorry? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Tue 13 May 14

garysparrow says...

Ted Elgar wrote:
How about some way for people walking along the river on the Worcester side to be able to cross the road without having having to throw themselves under a lorry?
How about walking across the river bridge an crossing at the crossing that is already there? Or is that too simple for people?
[quote][p][bold]Ted Elgar[/bold] wrote: How about some way for people walking along the river on the Worcester side to be able to cross the road without having having to throw themselves under a lorry?[/p][/quote]How about walking across the river bridge an crossing at the crossing that is already there? Or is that too simple for people? garysparrow
  • Score: 0

1:47am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:47am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:47am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:47am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

1:53am Wed 14 May 14

ideas4all says...

How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access ideas4all
  • Score: 0

9:45am Wed 14 May 14

themooman says...

ideas4all wrote:
How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access
ah yea this is great idea and what do you propose when the river rises and / or it floods - a catapult? tool!!
[quote][p][bold]ideas4all[/bold] wrote: How many cyclists r there out there r they stupid to ask for their own special lanes it just would not b viable instead I think they should get rid of the footpaths altogether and create a extra lane for the extra traffic while pedestrians could be ferried across in a boat im sure they would enjoy this much more most residents have never used the river only ever see those mifdle class snobs from the boat club training for a lost cause everyone should have access[/p][/quote]ah yea this is great idea and what do you propose when the river rises and / or it floods - a catapult? tool!! themooman
  • Score: 1

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