St Jude’s Walk footbridge made better, better, better…
The fast action of Gloucestershire’s highways team has seen an important access route in Cheltenham reopened to residents.
The footbridge at Cox’s Meadow starts at St Jude’s Walk in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. It offers a short cut into the town centre but was recently vandalised and had to be cordoned off.
The sudden closure of the bridge caused great inconvenience to people using the popular route.
Without the crossing, which goes over the River Chelt, walkers and cyclists faced a 1.5 mile detour.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “It was important to reconnect the footbridge at Cox’s Meadow in good time so that residents and commuters were able to access the city centre quickly.
“Our highways team did a fast and fantastic job of replacing the bridge – as well as making sure the area was safe until the work was complete.”
Cllr Klara Sudbury, county councillor for Charlton Park and College, said: “The closure of the footpath caused a huge amount of inconvenience to local residents because it is a very well used short cut between Charlton Kings and the town centre.
“I met with the local highways manager at the bridge and explained how important it is for the local community and that since its closure, people had to take a longer diversion on main roads.
“Just over a week later a replacement bridge was sourced and installed. I am grateful to the county council for getting this route back into use so quickly and also for ensuring the bridge was kept secure whilst it was unsafe.”
The team were also highly praised by the local parish council for their quick response and safe delivery of the bridge.