Delayed scheme to convert Kenilworth footbridge for cycling to begin next week

By James Smith

13th Mar 2023 | Local News

The footbridge between between Clarke’s Avenue and Farmer Ward Road will be converted to cycle use (image via Warwickshire County Council)
The footbridge between between Clarke’s Avenue and Farmer Ward Road will be converted to cycle use (image via Warwickshire County Council)

A scheme to convert a Kenilworth footbridge into a joint pedestrian and cycling path is set to start next week.

Warwickshire County Council was set to start the project on the bridge between Clarke's Avenue and Farmer Ward Road at the end of November, but the scheme was delayed by four months due to scheduling issues.

It will now start on Monday, March 20 and is expected to be completed by March 28.

The bridge will be closed throughout the works while Balfour Beatty Living Places completes the project.

In June 2022, residents of Kenilworth were invited to share their views on the proposed improvements; widening and resurfacing of the path, and removal of barriers.

Over 100 responses were received, with WCC saying there was a "strong level of support".

Some minor changes were made to the design in response to the local feedback and additional design work was commissioned to provide connections on either side of the path, including cycle routes to the new Kenilworth School site. 

Cllr Wallace Redford, WCC's portfolio holder for transport and planning said: "I am really pleased to be working in partnership with Kenilworth Town Council to provide a more attractive and useable connection between east and west Kenilworth for people of all ages and abilities. 

"We want residents in Kenilworth, including school children, to be able to choose to walk and cycle for short, local journeys.

"We are working hard to improve and extend the active travel opportunities in the town."

The town council approved a £27,500 budget for the project in February 2022 - with its county colleagues also set to provide funding.

Andrew Milton, chair of KTC's cycle delivery group, said: "It's fantastic to see this project coming to fruition.

"It's a small step but a great example of how collaboration between different councils and our local community can help makes things happen. We need to do much more to really enable safe, active travel in our town for everyone but this is a great place to start."

Further information about this project is available online here.


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