Telford & Wrekin Council is working on designs for a unique and iconic footbridge linking the Town Centre with Telford Central railway station.
This will replace the existing footbridge/cycle route which is expensive to maintain, does not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act and is too steep.
The replacement of the bridge will support the regeneration of Telford Central and provide a new attractive gateway to the borough.
The work to upgrade the Town Centre’s transport infrastructure, which started with the Box Road being made two way, will also include Rampart Way and Hall Park Way becoming dual carriageways.
The multi-million pound project to renew key infrastructure is funded by the Department For Transport.
The footbridge links the existing footpath cycleway networks either side of the A442 dual carriageway and provides the footbridge link between platforms at the station.
This investment is ultimately expected to deliver 2,000 new jobs and 4,000 homes.
Councillor Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Transport, said: “We have worked hard to successfully secure the funding for this major project from the Department for Transport and we plan to replace the bridge with an attractive gateway to Telford, which is an iconic landmark and unique to the town.
“The new bridge will be designed to address the needs of all users and improve access for all.
“The intention is to construct the new bridge on a slightly different alignment to the current structure in order that the existing bridge can stay in place, and use, while the new one is built. This will minimise disruption to users during construction.”
The Council has now started the procurement process for the project by publishing a Preliminary Information Notice in the European Journal.
The whole process will take a period of months and include a tender period in the autumn.
It is hoped to secure all the necessary consents for the project and to engage a contractor by the end of 2016 in order that construction can take place in 20017 and early 2018.
Public “drop in“ sessions will be scheduled shortly and at this time the public will be able to see the styles of structure under consideration.