A New Bridge for Showground

The next phase of The Bridgwater Way is set to further improve connections from the South of Bridgwater to the town centre with a widened path and new bridge at Showground roundabout.

Work will begin this week to widen the narrow bridge on Showground roundabout, which has been a long term issue for pedestrians, while also creating a safe off road path for cyclists.

A new bridge, which will run alongside the existing bridge, is due to be delivered as part of work that also includes a widened path at the roundabout and a crossing point. This will link the existing paths to the North and the South.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “This scheme marks the excellent progress of The Bridgwater Way, dealing with a long standing issue faced by local residents, while providing links between new and existing cycle infrastructure.

“I am doubly pleased that this location is being addressed, as it was where we originally launched The Bridgwater Way project in June 2013.”

The Bridgwater Way project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council. TBW want to inspire and encourage residents who might be new to cycling or want to build experience to take up their range of services including cycle servicing, cycle training, travel coaching and more.

For more information visit http://www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk
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Notes to editors
The Bridgwater Way is a £4 million project, being led by Somerset County Council in partnership with Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council. Funding has come from the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans. http://www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk

Other aspects of the project include:
• Businesses travel planning – Work with businesses in the town to improve the commute to work through new bike lock ups and facilities, cycle safety training for staff and preparing for major investment such as the Colley Lane Link.

• Bike It Plus (provided by Sustrans) – Work with schools to encourage pupils to be more active on their journey to school and to promote cycling, scooting and walking as an alternative to the car.

• Sky Rides Local (provided by British Cycling/Sky) – Free British Cycling-guided rides for different abilities throughout the summer and into October. For more information and to register for these and future rides, visit http://www.goskyride.com

• Cycle services – Help and training for cycle repairs and maintenance is being given to schoolchildren across the area through the popular Dr Bike scheme.

This sort of support is also available to businesses in the area through a ‘repair and ride’ scheme which can tackle up to 20 bikes at a time.

Anyone can also take part in a cycle training and road safety session. These can be tailored to all abilities and ages can be on a one-to-one basis, or to a small group or family.