Footpaths network will create ‘door-to-door’ legacy

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 03 January 2014 Updated: 03/01 09:20

KEY LOCATIONS in the town could be directly linked by footpaths as part of a £852,000 extension to a sustainable travel project.

The Choose How You Move team - responsible for getting more Redditch residents walking and cycling - has applied to the Department of Transport for extra funding to enable them to upgrade the paths around Arrow Valley County Park.

If successful, they will be able to create a 6km traffic-free path which will link Abbey Stadium, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Bordesley Abbey and the Arrow Valley Visitor Centre as well as surrounding residential areas.

Money will also be used to enhance the east-west cycle route which links the lake with Morton Stanley Park.

Ramps, dropped kerbs and other improvements will be made in other areas to ensure easy disabled access while a further four information kiosks will be installed around the borough and real time information displays introduced at 18 bus shelters along the three main bus corridors. Four more subways will also be ‘treated’ to improve their attractiveness.

A spokesman for Worcestershire County Council said: “The proposed extension will therefore provide the necessary capital investment in walking and cycling routes, providing significant connectivity improvements.

“This will strengthen links between residential areas and health, employment, leisure, education, retail and transport interchange trip attractors, including the town centre and railway station.

“Furthermore it locks in the behaviour change achieved to date and provides the desired ‘door-to-door’ legacy for the future.”

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