Planned footbridge will link St Peter's to new development

January 09 2019
Planned footbridge will link St Peter's to new development

Residents of St Peter’s had the chance to find out more about the planned Broomhall Way footbridge over Worcester’s Southern Link Road during a public information session on the scheme.

More than 30 people dropped in to St Peter’s Baptist Church, where Worcestershire County Council officers answered questions about the project.

The council has agreed forward funding for the building of the £3.5 million footbridge, which will eventually be paid for by the developers building houses as part of the South Worcester Urban Extension.

It is hoped that the application will be considered at the county council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee in spring 2019. If that application is successful, construction of the footbridge could begin in summer 2019, with completion in early 2020.

Jo Dalton, communications lead for major projects at Worcestershire County Council, fielded questions during the public information event.

She said there had been “a steady stream of people, which is always good”.

She explained: “The reason we are here is to talk about the scheme and try and answer any questions that they have got.

“We have also got some comments that we are going to be taking back and summarising in the form of Frequently Asked Questions.”

Ben Salcedo, project manager for the Broomhall Way footbridge, said people had “quite specific” queries, adding: “We have had as many comments about the other bridge as this bridge,” referring to the planned Crookbarrow Way footbridge, another part of the overall scheme.

The Broomhall Way footbridge will be for pedestrians, cyclists and people whose mobility is impaired.

Conservative councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure has said: “A foot and cycle bridge to link the proposed development to the south of the A4440 Southern Link Road and Worcester City is much needed. Once complete, it will enable full accessibility between the new development area, St Peter's and beyond.”