WALKING and cycling routes in the Evesham could get a boost if cabinet members give the green light to plans to progress work on the proposed Hampton Bridge.
The Hampton Walking and Cycling Bridge in Evesham, across the Avon was identified as a requirement as part of the planning submission for the Hampton housing development to the west of the town in 2014.
The bridge would provide a direct link from Hampton to the Town Centre, schools, employment and the rail station.
The bridge would also help to tackle the lack of capacity in Evesham’s transport network that leads to congestion, poor journey time reliability and reduced air quality by providing a viable alternative to the car for short local journeys.
Coun Ken Pollock, cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure said “This would be a big step forward in our commitment to improve our walking and cycling infrastructure across the county.
“I’m hopeful that my colleagues will endorse the request at Cabinet to move it forward.
“In the last 12 months, we have already delivered a number of schemes to improve walking and cycling routes including a number of improvements in and around Bromsgrove, the opening of Crookbarrow Way and Hams Way footbridges in Worcester as part of the Southern Link Road scheme and more recently, the full refurbishment of Sabrina Bridge in the centre of Worcester.”
If the Cabinet recommendations are supported, it will mean work can continue on all elements needed for the planning application to be submitted later this year, which will include engagement with local residents and businesses.