FURTHER works are set to get underway next week to improve walking and cycling routes across Bromsgrove.

The work, part of the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, aims to not only improve the town but give local residents a viable alternative to car journeys.

The latest in a long list of improvement works will be at Pig Alley, with work set to start on Monday, July 22.

The work will improve the appearance and accessibility of the area and will include widening the path to an average width of 3m, improving the drainage and updating the lighting in the area.

Councillor Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure, said: "We’re progressing well with a number of projects in Bromsgrove aimed at improving walking and cycling routes.

“The works at Pig Alley are an essential part of this programme and will improve the alleyway greatly, ensuring that this popular route, used by a lot of parents and school children, is fit for use at all times.”

To enable the work at Pig Alley to take place, the entire alleyway will be closed for the duration of the project.

Building will take place over the school holidays to minimise the amount of disruption and diversion routes will be signposted.

It is hoped the work will be completed in September ahead of the schools returning.

The works at Pig Alley add to improvements already progressing well at Sanders Park, with the first phase of work set to be finished by the end of July.

Work is also set to take place later this year to trial a new access gate between the Bromsgrove Station building and Garrington Road.

The work is being done by Worcestershire County Council.