A new Toucan crossing has been installed on the popular Festival Way by the Ashton Court Estate. The crossing will make it safer for people walking and cycling to cross the busy B3128.
The project has been delivered by North Somerset Council, working with the walking and cycling charity Sustrans.
Sustrans identified the crossing near Ashton Court Estate as a priority for improvements after a nationwide audit of the National Cycle Network. The charity subsequently allocated £140,000 of Department for Transport funding to North Somerset Council to deliver the safety improvements.
The new signal-controlled Toucan crossing creates a suitable place for all path users – including those with adapted cycles, tandems and cycle trailers – to safely cross the high volumes of traffic on the B3128.
The improvements will connect the Festival Way to Bristol, and to the recently built traffic-free route through Ashton Court.
As well as the new crossing, visibility has been increased on this stretch of road by removing low-level vegetation and raising the crown of some sycamore trees. This is to help people using the crossing, and those driving on the road, to see one another.
Additional funding from the Joint Local Transport Plan met the total cost of the scheme.