A popular cycleway that links Weston and Brean has scooped a major industry award.Brean Down Way won the Highway Partnership Award at the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) South Western awards on 10 May.The eight-mile cycleway which opened last year, was completed as a partnership project. Jointly led by North Somerset Council and national cycling charity, Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, the project also involved the Environment Agency, Wessex Water, Natural England, Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council and their contractors, Brean Parish Council, the National Trust and landowners.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader of North Somerset Council said: “Brean Down Way is a good example of what can be achieved by working in partnership. This is a great community facility that is enjoyed by many people and provides a key link between Weston and Brean. I would like to congratulate everyone involved for all their efforts in delivering this route and for receiving this well-deserved award.”

Caroline Levett, Trustee at Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited said: “It was a privilege for Greenways and Cycleroutes to work with the enormously committed North Somerset officers to create the Brean Down Way. They had the money and determination to build the route in North Somerset (with the last mile constructed by Greenways and Cycleroutes workcamp in 2016) but the route stopped at the River Axe, the county boundary. Greenways and Cycleroutes was able to negotiate the crossing of the Axe, and the land on the Somerset side, and to secure the funding to complete the route. A rewarding partnership that has created a route enjoyed by so many.”

The award was presented to David Fish/Mike Herbert (North Somerset Council) and Caroline Levett (Greenways and Cycleroutes) at a ceremony in Bridgwater celebrating the Institute of Highway Engineers Annual Awards.

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