Connect2 Kenilworth steel bridge will be installed soon

Bridge Connect2
Bridge Connect2

A NEW cycle and pedestrian bridge will be installed across the A429 Coventry Road next week as part of The Connect2 Kenilworth Scheme.

The new bridge will be put in place overnight on Saturday September 10 where the old railway line, now known as The Greenway, used to be.

During this time the A429 will be closed to through traffic, and diversion signs will be erected along the diversion route, but access to frontages will be maintained.

In order to safely install the steel bridge using a 300 tonne crane, the site will be flood lit.

To prepare for the installation of the bridge, contractors Currell Lewis and Martin have been constructing new foundations and abutments on the embankments either side of the A429.

The majority of these works are now complete.

Cllr John Whitehouse, chairman of the Connect2 Kenilworth Steering Group, said: “This is a major move for the Connect2 Kenilworth project and it will be wonderful to see the new bridge in place.

“The scheme was voted for by many thousands of people in 2007, and due to worries regarding funding last year many more people signed a petition to save the project.

“It is great to be where we are today as the new bridge will be officially opened on Thursday September 29.”

After prolonged discussions with Warwickshire County Council last year, Sustrans, a funder of the project, agreed to increase its contribution by £200,000 to £500,000 towards the scheme.

The funding position for the cycle and walkway, which will link Kenilworth to places like Warwick University, was under threat as a result of severe pressures on the county’s integrated transport budget.

But the extra funding from Sustrans meant the plans could still go ahead.

The local Kenilworth Connect2 project developed from an existing local initiative to develop further the disused Kenilworth-Berkswell railway line as a leisure route.

It works with The Friends of Kenilworth Greenway group, made up of councillors, residents and footpath groups.