TBW puts the bridge in Bridgwater

Cyclists and pedestrians will find it easier and safer to reach the centre of Bridgwater thanks to two new key routes to be opened next week.

The two routes – delivered by The Bridgwater Way – will be officially opened on Wednesday 4 March at 9.30am. Cllr David Hall, Deputy Leader of the Council will perform the opening, aided by local children and their parents who will directly benefit from these new improvements.

Route one has involved widening a path and building a new bridge at Stockmoor Rhyne that will improve connections from the South of Bridgwater to the town centre. The narrow bridge on Showground roundabout has also been widened, creating a safe route linking the existing paths to the North and the South.

Route two links the recently improved canal path to the town centre via Old Taunton Road and Blake Gardens. This has involved creating a new shared path through Blake Gardens, access to Broadway and new lighting in and around the subway.

The two news routes are a significant development of The Bridgwater Way project aimed at transforming travel in the town. The project is funded by the Department for Transport and 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 www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “This is a great step forward. For the first time there is now a safe, mainly off road cycle route from Stockmoor Village to Bridgwater town centre, making more areas of the town safer for cyclists and pedestrians and easing access to the town centre.”