Published on 13/04/2015
Work on an £80,000 improvement scheme, which will see one of the busiest sections of the Bristol to Bath Railway Path widened, is due to start this Monday (20 April).
The scheme was granted planning permission last December and is being paid for through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund which was granted to Bristol by the Department for Transport.
Using land from Berkley House, kindly donated by owners Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at no cost, the works involve doubling the width of the narrowest section of the path from two metres to four metres.
This section of the path is one of the busiest off-road cycle and pedestrians routes in the city, and the narrow section is uncomfortable for all users with pedestrians and cyclists being forced to squeeze past each other in the narrow space
The path is expected to be closed for about 10 weeks during the improvement works but every effort will be made to minimise disruption during this time.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“This is yet another example of the work we are doing to improve cycling infrastructure across the city with funding won from central Government.
“The Bristol to Bath Cycle Path is an extremely popular route for both commuters and people cycling for pleasure, as well as pedestrians, and this work will really help to make the path a more enjoyable experience for everyone.”
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Transport, said: “I back this scheme to improve capacity and safety on a hugely popular route for cycling and walking.
“We are keen to improve existing routes, address missing links between destinations and create completely new corridors to encourage more people to take up active independent travel – it’s a healthy and congestion-busting approach to getting around Bristol.”
Last week Bristol City Council’s cabinet approved a £9.4 million investment, following a successful bid to the Cycling Ambition Fund as part of a £19 million cycling improvement programme for the West of England over the next three years which is designed to connect workplaces and businesses with communities and neighbourhoods.