Upgrade work to Strawberry Line completed

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Resurfacing work on parts of the Strawberry Line has been completed.

This is a very popular trail for cyclists and the section resurfaced was between the A370 at Station Road Congresbury and Nye Road in Sandford.

The section between Honey Hall Lane and Nye Road was closed for two days at the end of last month for path improvements with some careful works to protect a population of badgers in the area, and potholes were also repaired from Honey Hall Lane north to the A370.

The work was carried out by MP & KM Golding Road Reclamation as part of an ongoing maintenance arrangement with no cost to the council. The council was able to extend the works following the assistance and co-operation of Thatcher’s Cider which owns part of the section that was widened and improved during the closure. A diversion was signposted by the Sustrans Strawberry Line Volunteer Rangers.

Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes travel and transport, said: “I would like to thank Thatcher’s for allowing us to carry out the improvements at Nye Road through their orchard and on to Carditch Drove. Thanks also to Goldings who carried out this high-quality work as their contribution to improvements to the Strawberry Line.”

The surface is compacted limestone dust which is very durable and these improvements will be welcomed by hundreds of the enthusiastic Strawberry Line users each week, and will also help to facilitate social distancing on the trail. Signs have gone up recently asking cyclists to respect other users particularly during the coronavirus epidemic. Cllr Tonkin added: “These new signs ask cyclists to pass pedestrians ‘wide and slow’ – it is important that we that we respect other users particularly the more vulnerable users.

“I’m looking forward to getting out on the trail later this week.”