Walking and cycling improvements begin in Weston

A scheme to encourage more walking and cycling in Weston-super-Mare is set to start on Wednesday 3 August.

The work in Baker Street and Milton Road is being part funded by the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund and will progress eastbound towards Stafford Road.

The scheme is set to be completed by Monday 26 September. 

The Baker Street and Milton Road scheme aims to make improvements for those walking and cycling along this key corridor linking the Summerlands Cycle Path to Weston town centre. 

The improvements include:

  • Giving more space to people using the streets, especially outside the primary school.
  • Linking the existing Summerlands cycle route to Weston town centre and seafront.
  • Allowing opportunities to provide more plants and trees.
  • Enhanced junctions on side roads making crossing safer for pedestrians.
  • More parking overall.

The plans and details of changes made following consultation on the scheme can be found online.

These works are also linked to the proposed Liveable Neighbourhood in the area which has been developed with local involvement at a series of engagement events. The Liveable Neighbourhood proposed in central Weston-super-Mare will be the first of its kind in North Somerset and aims to reduce through traffic, creating better streets, healthier, more pleasant journeys to school, work and the shops.

An online consultation on these plans is due to run in July and August 2022. The Liveable Neighbourhood Consultation can be found online.

These schemes will provide environmental and health benefits to the communities involved. Not only will they help to reduce pollution but they will also encourage people to use active travel on the school and work run providing additional health benefits.

This also supports our aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Steve Hogg, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for transport and highways

Press release by North Somerset Council.