It’s good news for local cyclists and pedestrians as £5.8 million has been secured by the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.
The cash will be invested to make it easier and safer to make the switch to travelling by bike or going on foot for shorter everyday journeys.
Plans include pedestrianising Cotham Hill, a permanent cycle lane for Park Row, and new segregated cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings in Bristol’s Old Market. There will also be new cycle links in Kingswood town centre.
In addition to the Government’s Active Travel Fund, the West of England Combined Authority was successful in receiving a further £79,000 as part of the next stage of the new Mini-Holland Programme. This funding will be matched by the Combined Authority to allow the development of two feasibility studies for area-wide improvements to transform Yate and East Bristol into places where walking, cycling and public transport are prioritised, improving the streets for everyone.
Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council are tasked with delivering the walking and cycling improvements.
The funding comes from round three of the Government’s Active Travel Fund and adds to the £3.8m already secured by the West of England Combined Authority through earlier funding rounds.
It also builds on the £10m allocated from the Combined Authority to improve walking and cycling in the region, and £540m through its City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.
The specific schemes to be funded by the extra £5,788,580 are:
- Cotham Hill: build on the current temporary road closures on Cotham Hill to provide a better walking and cycling environment and improve the public space.Park Row/Upper Maudlin: replace the temporary protected cycle lane with a permanent lane.
- Old Market Gap: improve an important east-west connection linking Old Market (and the Bristol and Bath Railway Path) with Castle Park and Baldwin Street (City Centre), including a protected cycle route and new crossings with signals.
- Kingswood Town Centre Access: high-quality cycle links to connect to the Kingswood High Street pedestrianisation scheme and Wesley Way.