WORCESTER’S new-look riverside is proving a hit with people, a survey has revealed.

A total of £5 million has been spent on the wider riverside regeneration project aimed at breathing life into the circular route between the main Worcester Bridge and the new Diglis Bridge.

The last part of the development was finished at the end of October.

In an independent survey, people said the overhaul had put Worcester “on the map”, it was a safe place to take family for a walk or cycle, and that the scenery was some of the “nicest in the country”.

Results showed 97 per cent would recommend the new-look path to their friends and 88 per cent of people using the walkways said the project had improved the area.

In all, 104 people were quizzed on a single day for their views, with a third of participants being visitors to the city.

More than half of respondents said that they would use the path more often.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Worcester City Council’s economic prosperity chief, said: “It’s fantastic to see how popular the new-look riverside has become.

"These results are a testament to our decision to invest in this site, but anyone who’s walked or cycled along the path in recent months knows that the proof of its success is to be seen in the hundreds of people who use it every day.”

The city council, Worcestershire County Council and Sustrans project managed and funded the project.

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And there's more to come!

A HUGE new stretch of city riverside could get a £210,000 revamp.

Worcester councillors are set to approve plans to overhaul the riverside pathway from Sabrina Bridge, along Pitchcroft, ending at Gheluvelt Park.

The proposals come off the back of the well-received overhaul of the circular route between the main Worcester Bridge and the new Diglis Bridge, which the council says has boosted visitor numbers.

The plan is contained in papers going before the city cabinet on Tuesday.

Sections of the path on either side of the river in this spot are currently poorly defined, the council says. The intention is to improve surfacing and signage.

On the west side, there will be new signs and path resurfacing between the end of the flood bund at Hylton Road and the Ferry Bank Steps, as well as some stabilisation work to the riverbank.

The steps will be upgraded and have a new ent-rance arch and railings.

On the east bank, there will be improved access down to the moorings at Sabrina Bridge and the creation of a retaining wall behind the racecourse changing rooms. There will be improved and more clearly-defined routes around the racecourse.

Councillor Simon Ger-aghty, city council leader, said: “The improvements are already proving a big hit, so we’re keen to see the benefits extended to the north of the city.”