THE much anticipated new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the A429 Coventry Road in Kenilworth was officially open to the public today (Thursday).
The bridge, which is the key element of a sustainable transport project delivered by Warwickshire County Council and charity Sustrans, was to be declared open by the county council chairman Cllr Phillip Morris-Jones, Connect2 Kenilworth Steering Group chairman Cllr John Whitehouse, and Huw Davies from Sustrans.
The scheme will open up a new route which utilises the former Kenilworth to Berkswell railway line to provide an attractive greenway linking homes, schools and work places across the town, to the wider countryside.
The new bridge forms the centrepiece of a series of new links for residents in Kenilworth, which will provide a safe and direct off-road route from the town to the University of Warwick, and a walking and cycling route between Kenilworth and the University of Warwick and from Kenilworth to Berkswell, in Solihull. The scheme is part of a national project, part-funded from the Big Lottery Fund.
Cllr Whitehouse said: “This is a great day and after all the community support behind the project, it is good to have the bridge finally open now to the public.”