Posted on Tuesday 5th October 2021
People in Burton can have their say on plans to build a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Trent which would boost leisure, transport and tourism opportunities in the town.
The bridge would link Stapenhill Hollows to the Oxhay Meadow and from there residents would be able to link to the town centre via the existing Andressey Bridge or to the leisure centre via the existing Oxhay Bridge. It would provide traffic free access into town to people living in Brizlincote, Winshill and Stapenhill.
Funded through the Government’s £22.8million Burton Towns Fund programme, the bridge would also extend the leisure uses of the Washlands area by creating a circular walking or cycling route without traffic – benefiting local residents and encouraging visitors to the town to enjoy the riverside areas.
The new bridge would be allocated up to £6.8 million from the Towns Fund programme. This investment would be a long-term benefit to Burton and the surrounding areas. It would complement the recently restored historic Ferry Bridge, connecting more communities with walking and cycling options.
If the project goes ahead, a careful consideration will be taken to natural habitats, which would be improved wherever possible. There is also the option to install subtle lighting to guide walkers and cyclists after dark and to increase the size of the Hollow’s car park.
People can find out more about the project by visiting: https://bit.ly/3iiLi64
They can complete the survey at: https://bit.ly/3omrwuA
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:
The new bridge over the River Trent would support the future regeneration of Burton and improve connectivity into the town for walkers and cyclists on the east of the river. It would also attract visitors and boost tourism on the riverside area and businesses located there.
During the pandemic more people have discovered enjoyment through walking and cycling and we want to sustain that legacy in Staffordshire wherever we can. The new bridge would provide a pleasant traffic-free route for people which we are confident will be supported by local communities. We’d encourage people to let us know their views on the proposals through our survey.”