Improved walking and cycling routes planned in South Gloucestershire
Walkers and cyclists in Bitton, Thornbury and Filton are set to benefit from safer routes to schools, work and local amenities thanks to £389,500 of new funding from the West of England Combined Authority.
Three routes set to benefit from the new funding are:
- Keynsham Road (connecting the Bristol and Bath Railway Path at Bitton Station to Keynsham Train Station)
- Grovesend Road to Gillingstool, Thornbury
- Filton roundabout to the MoD along the A4174 ring road.
The funding, which has been awarded to South Gloucestershire Council by the West of England Combined Authority, will allow further work on all three schemes, including design work, and help develop Outline Business Cases for additional funding. This adds to almost £9 million of investment in walking and cycling routes by the council over the last three years.
The improvements in Filton and Thornbury have been identified through the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, and the council has been working with local stakeholders to identify options for improving walking and cycling routes along Keynsham Road.
These routes have been chosen because they are already popular with people accessing employment, schools and other transport options. However, upgrades are needed to bring them up to a standard that will enable people of all ages and abilities to safely cycle and walk along them.
This work is part of the council’s commitment to tackle the climate and nature emergency and support more people as they switch to using more active travel methods to get around.
There will be opportunities for local people to shape the proposals as they are developed across the three schemes. Further updates will be provided to the community as the projects progress.