Find out more about the Filwood Quiteway route.
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We are undertaking a tender process and hope to appoint a contractor shortly, with the intention to start work on site in March 2018.
This scheme is being progressed by the Council, as part of its Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) project, which is mainly funded by a successful bid to the Department of Transport. The CAF project is a range of schemes and initiatives that seek to encourage people of all ages and ability to cycle more to reduce traffic congestion, improve the health of citizens, and reduce carbon emissions for a cleaner environment for all.
Victoria Park is part of the Filwood Quietway route we are progressing, which has a number of sections – Whitehouse Street, Victoria Park, St John’s Lane/Wedmore Vale and Northern Slopes.
Following discussions, the route has been changed and is now more central. This is a shorter route for those pedestrians and cyclists wanting to travel along the Filwood Quietway. The majority of the route uses existing paths, which would be widened. At the south end, a short section of new path is proposed to reduce impact on existing tree roots and the old path would be removed.
Plan showing new proposed route (BCC)
The new path is now proposed to be 3.0m wide and approximately 760m long. We found that parts of the existing route are wider than we all thought, because of overgrown grass on its edges. In some places, the existing path is almost 3.0m wide if the grass was cut back and tarmac levels reinstated.
The new route does not require the removal or relocation of any trees. However, the route does run close to more trees and, therefore, longer sections of the ‘no dig’ cellular confinement system path construction are required. The new route will have minimal impact on other plantings. Planting along the northern boundary will no longer be affected, other than for minor pruning of any overhanging branches. Ground vegetation and grass that has overgrown across the edges of affected paths will be removed.
Route runs through avenue of trees (BCC)
Example of ‘no dig’ construction (BCC)
We will be using intelligent LED lighting heads and operating hours for the lighting will be 05:30 – 19:00 at full brightness; 19:00 – 22:00 at 30% brightness; and 22:00 – 05:30 lights switched off. At this time, we are only providing 6 new columns and lanterns on the north section of the route.
- The system operates at standard brightness until the suggested time of 7:00 pm, when there are fewer people likely to be using the route
- After 7:00 pm, the lights can be set to dim down to 30% brightness or less
- For special events (e.g. bonfire night/fireworks), the lighting can be remotely controlled to fully deactivate, as and when wanted
We also considered using shorter columns but we would have needed more of them, which would have resulted in closer spacing and increased power consumption.
Bats hibernate during the winter months when the lights would be most in use. A survey along the proposed route found no evidence of any bat roosts in any adjacent tree. In addition, lighting will be downwards rather than onto the trees.
The minor widening now proposed and the ‘no dig’ construction should have minimal impact on existing wildlife.
Existing path near playpark (BCC)
Upgraded path near playpark (BCC)
Existing path near South football pitch (BCC)
Upgraded path near South football pitch (BCC)
For the Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue entrance, we have also been requested to widen the entrance slightly, by approximately 0.5m, in order to allow larger vehicles to access the park more safely. This will be helpful for certain park events.
Existing Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue access (BCC)
Windmill Close top access (BCC)
Proposed Nutgrove Avenue/Hill Avenue access pillar restoration (BCC)
Barriers were another area of concern during the previous consultation and in responses to the planning application. We have considered this matter further and will not undertake these changes, as part of the revised design. We have discussed this issue with VPAG/Forward Together representatives and agreed on the following changes:-
- 7 existing A-frame cycle barriers will be replaced by new K-frame cycle barriers. Initially, the K-frame pads will not be fitted meaning easier access for disabled users as well as cyclists
- the existing Hill Avenue/St Luke’s Road access will be altered, in order to have the barriers set back into the park, in order to provide a safer waiting area on the external side
Existing Hill Avenue/St Luke’s Road access (BCC)
Example of K-frame (kbarriers.co.uk)
Existing A-frame at St Luke’s Road Underbridge access (BCC)