Works begin on traffic-free, £47k cycleway in Weston
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 January 2020 | UPDATED: 13:29 16 January 2020
Construction on a £470,000 cycleway has begun this week and will last almost three months.
The Uphill Road North cycleway will form a key part of the Brean to Bristol route continuing the work on the Brean to Weston section which opened in July 2017.
Work began on the shared cycle and pedestrian route earlier this month and it will provide an important off-road link between Weston town centre and the five-mile traffic-free route from Uphill to Brean.
Funding for the new route was provideed by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.
The move will see the current footpath running along the west side of Uphill Road North widened by two metres into land North Somerset Council purchased from Weston Golf Club.
The works will also include new drainage gullies being installed, a fenceline, tree planting and lining works.
Depending on the weather, the works are expected to take 11 weeks to complete and there will be traffic management in place but there will be no road closures as a result of the works.
Cllr James Tonkin, the local authority's executive member responsible for highways, said the path will provide a vital link between the tourist village and big city.
He added: "We already have a fantastic cycle route between Uphill and Brean, but linking with Weston town centre currently involves using the busy main route along Uphill Road North.
"This cycle route will link Uphill and Marine Parade providing a safe route to access Weston town centre and other cycle routes heading out of town.
"It will help those commuting to Weston College or Weston Hospital and also provide a fantastic route for those cycling for fitness or pleasure. This really is great news."
It was announced last month that work on the Weston to Clevedon cycleway could start as early as next summer if almost £1.5million is found in funding.
The route would see the construction of a 1.4km path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders between Wick Lane in Wick St Lawrence to Yeo Bank Lane in Kingstone Seymour.
Planning permission for the full scheme - which will cost £2.45million - was granted in 2018.