WORKS to prepare for the construction of a new walking and cycling bridge in Worcester are set to get underway next week.

A number of trees will be removed on the western end of Gheluvelt Park, in preparation for where Kepax Bridge will be built.

The work will start during the week beginning January 31.

Kepax Bridge, the construction of a new crossing over the River Severn, will help to provide improved cycle and pedestrian connectivity to the north of Worcester.

Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, said: "These works need to be carried out ahead of the main construction contract being awarded later this year.

"The works are in accordance with the planning approval given for Kepax Bridge on September 29, 2021 and replacement trees will be planted later on in the programme.

"Obviously, our contractor will remove as little vegetation as possible and they are carrying out the work now to avoid the bird nesting season."

The new bridge is intended to build on the existing Sabrina Bridge and Diglis Bridge to help walking and cycling over the Severn.

It will be used to get between Gheluvelt Park and Kepax.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, leader of Worcester City Council, said: “The start of work to prepare for the building of the Kepax Bridge is an exciting moment.

"The bridge will bring a major boost for the health and wellbeing of people who live or work in Worcester, encouraging many more to walk and cycle around our beautiful city.

"Combined with the Diglis and Sabrina bridges, the Kepax Bridge will create an attractive and appealing figure-of-eight route for enjoying Worcester’s riverside."

More information is available on the County Council website at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/kepaxbridge