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Plans have been submitted to improve walking and cycling by connecting Filwood to Bristol city centre.

Part of the new route includes investment of £500,000 for Victoria Park to improve paths, drainage and lighting, and to connect it to the city’s growing sustainable transport network.

If approved, the plans would create a new segregated cycle path to link the city centre and Filwood to give communities a safer and healthier alternative transport route.

Bristol City Council has been working with sustainable travel organisation, Sustrans, to discuss the proposals with local residents, park users and other stakeholders including the Victoria Park Action Group. The proposed scheme will also fulfil strong local aspirations for the space as outlined in the Victoria Park Improvement Plan, which included installation of lighting (a priority item), restoring historic entrance features, and resurfacing existing paths.

The proposed improvements include:

• widening some existing paths so people walking and cycling can pass each other safely and easily
• restoring a small missing section of path to create a more coherent route
• encouraging separation with a buff/beige coloured surface to one side of the path for bicycles
• intelligent LED lighting from Windmill Close at St Mary Redcliffe Primary towards Hill Avenue and onto Nutgrove Avenue, which will dim down after 7pm
• eliminate existing path flooding issues by raising the surface above surrounding grass space
• restoring the original historic entrance features at Windmill Close and Park Avenue
• introduce a trial at three entrances, supported and monitored by the police, to make access easier for people cycling and disabled people using mobility scooters or specially adapted cycles.

Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“Victoria Park is an important, well-used and much-loved space for the community and the wider area, which is why the Council is keen to invest in improving access for people walking and cycling. The proposals will also deliver some long held community aspirations for enhancing safety, fixing recurrent flooding problems and making it easier to enter and leave the park. Of course, the wider benefit is to see a better connected local route for people wanting to walk or cycle. We are committed to working with the local councillors and community to ensure that the park retains its strong attraction.”

For more information visit travelwest.info/victoriapark

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