New Kenilworth bridge opens

The eagerly anticipated new pedestrian and cycling bridge over the A429 Coventry Road in Kenilworth has been officially opened to the public.

The bridge, which is the key element of a sustainable transport project delivered by Warwickshire County Council and charity Sustrans, was declared open by the county council chair Cllr Phillip Morris-Jones together with local member and chair of the group responsible for making it happen, Cllr John Whitehouse, and Huw Davies from Sustrans.

The scheme has opened up a new route which utilises the former Kenilworth – Berkswell railway line to provide an attractive greenway linking homes, schools and workplaces across the town, to the wider countryside.

The new bridge forms the centrepiece of a series of new links for residents in the 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 new bridge arrived on a low loader and was lifted into position overnight on September 10.

The scheme is part of a national project, part-funded from the Big Lottery Fund, who awarded Sustrans £50 million in 2007 to develop new walking and cycling routes for everyday journeys in communities across the UK.

Cllr John Whitehouse, Chair of the Connect2 Kenilworth Steering Group, said: “The bridge is the key link in the Connect2 Kenilworth scheme which will enable walkers and cyclists to reach the popular Kenilworth Greenway from Abbey Fields car park and the centre of town through a charming and peaceful walk or cycle ride.”