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Work to begin on Newtown active travel bridge

Image of an artists impression of the new Newtown active travel bridge

31 May 2023

Image of an artists impression of the new Newtown active travel bridge
Work to start building the long-awaited cycle and pedestrian bridge across the River Severn in Newtown will begin next month.

The local community is invited to attend a public drop-in session on Tuesday 13 June, between 3pm - 7pm, at Newtown Market Hall, to find out more about the new bridge, the construction process, and what will be happening locally while it is being built.

Connecting the riverside path and Pool Road in Newtown, the Welsh Government funded bridge will create a safe active travel link between the communities, businesses and amenities on each side of the river.

Construction firm, JN Bentley will be responsible for building the new bridge on behalf of Powys County Council, and local communities on both sides of the river should expect to see them onsite from 19 June 2023 until the end of the year.

"This bridge will make such a difference to those living in the local area and will certainly provide them with the opportunity to make short journeys such as to work, school or the local shops, by bike or on foot, rather than having to get in the car." Explains Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys.

"The active travel routes across the county are improving and increasing year on year and we are excited that this new bridge, one of our most ambitious active travel projects, is finally coming to fruition after years of planning.

"We are looking forward to meeting the local community during our drop-in session on 13 June, where we can share plans of what will be happening on site and in the local area over the coming months. Everyone is welcome to attend."

Drop-in session

Find out more about the new cycle and pedestrian bridge, the construction process, and what will be happening locally while it is being built.

When: Tuesday 13 June, 3pm - 7pm
Where: Newtown Market Hall (High Street Entrance), High Street, Newtown. SY16 2XN