Works on a major scheme to make improvements in the Pershore area are progressing well, with a new railway bridge being installed in the coming months.
Works being delivered by Worcestershire County Council, are currently taking place on Wyre Road, to make improvements to the cycling and walking provision.
The works include a new cycle/footway on the northern side, the installation of a new kerb line, enhanced drainage and additional streetlighting.
The first 200 metres of the works from the Wyre Road Roundabout have been completed and works are continuing at pace on the remainder of the improvements.
Works are also taking place on the new Pershore Northern Link Road, which will provide a link from Wyre Road to the A44, including a new bridge over the railway line.
Works on the 8 metre high reinforced embankment walls north and south of the railway line are nearing completion, with the focus now shifting towards the installation of the new railway bridge.
Councillor Alan Amos, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s great to see these important works moving forward at pace. “The improvements we’re making as part of this scheme will make a difference to journey time in the area for people travelling by car, as well as offering enhancements for pedestrians and cyclists.
“The works here are a key part of the Council’s commitment to reducing congestion on the roads and improving walking and cycling routes throughout the county.”
The scheme, which supports economic growth and development in Pershore has received investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership via the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “ The Pershore Infrastructure Improvement Scheme is a key project for the county, helping to reduce congestion and journey times whilst also supporting the greater usage of alternative methods of transport. This will all help to boost the local economy moving forward with greater and more reliable access for residents, businesses and visitors to the county.
“I am pleased to see this work progressing well, taking us a step closer to achieving our 2040 vision for Worcestershire of a connected, creative, dynamic economy for all.”
These works are part of the wider Pershore Infrastructure Improvements Scheme, which aims to reduce congestion, improve traffic links and enhance cycling and walking routes, in and around the Pershore area. As part of the scheme, works to deliver improvements at Pinvin Junction are already complete, with the overall scheme scheduled for completion this summer.