The original CCAG Halfpenny bridge scheme was an odd one that tried to place another bridge next to the existing bridge. This would never have worked. Last night I presented my idea to the senior council officer in charge of the CCAG money and it has been accepted in principle.
I present you the new Halfpenny Bridge Scheme
- A new cycle/foot path behind the bus station.
- A suspended cycle/walk way under Skew Bridge.
- A new path next to Halfpenny Bridge around the back of the train station.
- A new cycle/foot bridge across to Widcombe.
It is the link that creates a continuous off-road route from Locksbrook all the way through until St John’s Road. It gives people a choice of not walking/cycling down Dorchester Street (which can be a pain) if they want to access the railway station. It significantly reduces footfall on Halfpenny bridge enabling anyone walking towards Widcombe to have an alternative route home. It gives a child safe route to access the Widcombe schools.
It is simple in its execution and solves an immense amount of crowding issues. It even enables people cycling along the Quays area to have a quick route through to Pultney Bridge without negotiating the centre of Bath. It provides a good access route to the K&A Towpath. It’s even brilliant for tourists!
HOWEVER do not count your chickens. There is an immense amount of work to do with the council, the Canal And River Trust, Network Rail, and English Heritage. However what this achieves for Bath is phenomenal. If you like it, write to your councillor. Write to your MP. We have £1.8Million to get this done. It should be doable.
Further details will be discussed at the upcoming BaNES Cycle Forum on the 10th of November at 6pm in the Guildhall.
And now for some pictures….
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember, do not count your chickens until they have all hatched, but please please please get behind this.
Write to your MP, your councillor, your school, your local residents association and ask them to support this scheme. I hope you see why I feel this will really benefit Bath.
[EDIT 6th Of Nov] It is also interesting to note that a path down from Halfpenny Bridge provides access to create 2000m3 of commercial/retail/park space.