It’s all systems go for July official opening as new cycle and footbridge gradually takes shape

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A NEW bridge across the river Severn in Worcester is gradually taking shape.

The cycle and footbridge which will connect Powick and Lower Wick with Wor-cester city centre is scheduled to open next month.

Worcestershire County Council received funding from the Sustrans Connect2 bid when people voted for the scheme during the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks: the People’s Millions’ competition in December 2007.

Of the money awarded, £650,000 was used to improve links to the bridge and a further £200,000 was spent on the bridge itself.

The bridge is on Route 46 of the National Cycle Network and when complete, it will be used by walkers and cyclists.

Council leaders hope it will enhance links between St John’s and Cherry Orchard, Red Hill and St Peter’s, Worcester.

Work began on construction of the bridge in November last year. Last month the mast – or pylon – arrived and it was put in place on June 14.

The mast will support the cables, which will support the deck sections. These started to arrive on site last week and are now being put into place.

The final pieces of the new bridge will be put into place from the east bank of the river.

Before it is officially opened the landings, ramps, staircases, handrails, lighting, painting and surfacing will be installed.

Coun Derek Prodger, cabinet member for transport, said: “This is an important bridge to support sustainable transport and develop walking and cycling routes in the area.

“It is an exciting project which people voted for and really helped to make a reality. I am personally looking forward to the bridge being completed and am visiting the site regularly to watch it take shape.”

In addition to the £850,000 awarded by Sustrans, Worcestershire County Council has used ring-fenced funding from central government for the construction of the bridge and the connecting walk-cycle links.

Worcester City Council is also enhancing the river front between the New Road Bridge and Diglis Island.

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9:03pm Mon 28 Jun 10

Essinay says...

After all the money spent on the bridge and the riverside walk, it's a pity they couldn't manage to surface the 100 yards of mud and car tracks on SwanPool Walk from Bromwich Road towards the river. Then the bridge would have benefitted much of the westside not just the privileged few living east of Bromwich Road near the Lower Wick roundabout. Know who I mean Mr P?
After all the money spent on the bridge and the riverside walk, it's a pity they couldn't manage to surface the 100 yards of mud and car tracks on SwanPool Walk from Bromwich Road towards the river. Then the bridge would have benefitted much of the westside not just the privileged few living east of Bromwich Road near the Lower Wick roundabout. Know who I mean Mr P? Essinay

9:38pm Mon 28 Jun 10

CJH says...

" Then the bridge would have benefitted much of the westside not just the privileged few living east of Bromwich Road near the Lower Wick roundabout. Know who I mean Mr P? "
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Essinay, I don't think he walks or cycles anywhere so he won't be using it anyway. :(
" Then the bridge would have benefitted much of the westside not just the privileged few living east of Bromwich Road near the Lower Wick roundabout. Know who I mean Mr P? " . Essinay, I don't think he walks or cycles anywhere so he won't be using it anyway. :( CJH

9:54pm Mon 28 Jun 10

Flagman says...

You must remember that he does not need the bridge as he believes he is capable of walking on water.
You must remember that he does not need the bridge as he believes he is capable of walking on water. Flagman

12:59pm Tue 29 Jun 10

Vox populi says...

Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here....
Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here.... Vox populi

2:33pm Tue 29 Jun 10

High Time says...

Vox populi wrote:
Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here....
You are free to go some where else if you do not like it.
[quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here....[/p][/quote]You are free to go some where else if you do not like it. High Time

8:25am Wed 30 Jun 10

Vox populi says...

High Time wrote:
Vox populi wrote: Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here....
You are free to go some where else if you do not like it.
I dooooon't believe it.....


I didn't say I didn't like it. I love it, it amuses me.
[quote][p][bold]High Time[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vox populi[/bold] wrote: Flip me..... like Victor Meldrew here....[/p][/quote]You are free to go some where else if you do not like it.[/p][/quote]I dooooon't believe it..... I didn't say I didn't like it. I love it, it amuses me. Vox populi

9:35am Wed 30 Jun 10

MrStJohns says...

vox you dare to say something positive about a new bridge, this is the column of moaning and groaning. nothing positive shall be uttered here!

however, i love the new bridge and cant wait to try it out, its going to be a fantastic addition to Worcesters riverside.
vox you dare to say something positive about a new bridge, this is the column of moaning and groaning. nothing positive shall be uttered here! however, i love the new bridge and cant wait to try it out, its going to be a fantastic addition to Worcesters riverside. MrStJohns

12:36pm Wed 30 Jun 10

Vox populi says...

me neither! I shall wait for a sunny day to cycle over it. When I reach the otherside I will find somewhere to top back up my "half full" glass!
me neither! I shall wait for a sunny day to cycle over it. When I reach the otherside I will find somewhere to top back up my "half full" glass! Vox populi

2:03pm Wed 30 Jun 10

MrStJohns says...

I shall be doing the same, however il probably have a Jack Russell in tow, as for places to top up your glass. Try the diglis hotel, wonderful spot to while away a few hours when the weathers good.
I shall be doing the same, however il probably have a Jack Russell in tow, as for places to top up your glass. Try the diglis hotel, wonderful spot to while away a few hours when the weathers good. MrStJohns

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