Footbridge open to walkers and riders
The footbridge over Crookbarrow Way has opened, enabling people to walk across it from St Peter’s to Norton.
The bridge, which spans the A4440 Southern Link Road (SLR), is accessible via the public right of way that runs parallel with St Peter’s Deer Avenue and the railway line and via Brockhill Lane from the Norton end.
The Crookbarrow Way footbridge, between the Whittington and Norton roundabouts, is suitable for pedestrians, mobility scooters, bikes and those on horseback.
As well as linking the communities of St Peter’s and Norton it is intended to support connections between Worcester city centre and the new Worcestershire Parkway Station.
Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “This is a bridge that will greatly improve connectivity across Worcester for those who choose alternatives to travelling by car.
“It’s a key part of our development of an Active Travel Corridor between Worcester city centre and Pershore via Worcestershire Parkway to make the route more attractive and accessible for walkers and cyclists.”
Work to install ramps leading up to the footbridge was continuing as St Peter’s Voice went to press.
Crookbarrow Way’s is the first of four crossings suitable for walking and cycling to be introduced to make crossing the SLR easier.
When the wider scheme is complete, it will be complemented by a footbridge over Broomhall Way, an underpass near the Ketch roundabout and a bridge over Hams Way near the Powick roundabout.