Strawberry Line to reopen this May

Published on 29/05/2018

The section of the Strawberry Line near Winscombe will reopen this Friday (25 May) in time for the late May bank holiday.

Part of the popular heritage trail was closed and a diversion put in place while Bristol Water laid a new water pipe as part of their £27m water supply resilience scheme.

The reopening had been delayed after poor weather and roosting bats disrupted works.

But the trail will now be fully open to members of the public on Friday in time for people to enjoy during the bank holiday weekend.

Visitors using the Winscombe section will also benefit from new surfacing in the Shuteshelve Tunnel, along with new reflective white lining and cats eyes.

Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for parks and green spaces, said:

“We appreciate that Bristol Water have faced some unforeseen difficulties during their works, but we are pleased there will eventually be improved facilities for people using the Strawberry Line – particularly within the newly resurfaced Shuteshelve Tunnel.

“Bristol Water are also working to improve the lighting in the tunnel and for the time being we’d ask pedestrians and cyclists to use lights while travelling through the tunnel.”