Work to improve cycling and walking routes at two locations in Weston-super-Mare is due to start next week, thanks to North Somerset Council's successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

A £190,000 scheme to improve the Coastal Towns Cycle Route between Uphill Marina and Walborough Nature Reserve will begin on Monday (7 December).  The work will bring the original path back up to standard, making it suitable for all users. The new shared-use path will provide a clear designation between the path and the protected grassland. Existing gates will be repaired and new signage will be installed advising users to stick to the path.

The scheme is being carried out by Draytons on behalf of North Somerset Council.

And £225,000 has been secured to improve the walking and cycling path along the A371 in Locking where works will also start on Monday.

The existing shared-use walking and cycle path on the north side of the A371 will be replaced with a new three metre wide shared-use path which will be set three metres away from the road where possible.

In addition to replacing the original path, a new section of shared-use path will be built so that the path continues beyond the Elm Tree Road junction and past the layby to the Laneys Drove roundabout, creating a crossing point at a safer location.  The new section of path will be set at least three metres away from the road.  The existing island crossing point opposite Locking Garage  will also be replaced with a new pedestrian refuge.

Another refuge island will be installed opposite a footpath on the south side of the road which emerges onto the A371. A small section of footway will be provided on the entrance to this footpath and the surface of the footpath will be improved.

The works in Locking are being carried out by Oakus on behalf of North Somerset Council.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for Highways, said “Both these schemes are part of an ongoing policy, funded by government, to provide new off road cycle and pedestrian routes between settlements in North Somerset, with the eventual aim of completing a network around the major towns and other popular areas.”

Both schemes are due to be completed by February 2016. More information about the schemes can be found at www.betterbybike.info/A371Locking and www.betterbybike.info/uphill

Source: North Somerset Council

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