Work to begin on A38 North Petherton to Bridgwater walking and cycling route

The long-awaited walking and cycling route from North Petherton to Bridgwater gets underway next week.

Currently, no footway or only a narrow footway exists for much of the way. Responding to the needs of residents, the route will be widened to incorporate an effective link for walkers and cyclists between North Petherton and Bridgwater.

Once complete this route will be an integral part of an off-road cycle and walk route all the way from Old Road in North Petherton to Bridgwater town centre. This route will ultimately provide 2.5 miles of safe cycling and walking facility – part of the 6.5 miles of planned routes from The Bridgwater Way (TBW).

Completion of the route between North Petherton and Bridgwater will be the culmination of three separate projects. Successful coordination of these projects, combining public and private sector investment to deliver a high quality cycle and walking route, is a major achievement.

From the 27th July, there will be temporary traffic lights on the A38 between North Petherton and Huntworth roundabout for a period of up to 19 weeks.  These traffic lights are necessary to enable works to be undertaken safely for the new cycle route and footpath adjacent to the A38 and will be completed as quickly as possible. We apologise in advance for any travel inconvenience caused.

The works will be undertaken in sections starting at North Petherton with traffic lights in use 24/7. Once the first section is complete, the lights and works will be moved onto the next section moving towards Bridgwater.

This element has been delivered by TBW and the route will be completed in December 2015.

Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member Business Inward Investment & Policy, said: “This is an important development which responds to the needs of local people by providing safer routes for cyclists and walkers between North Petherton and Bridgwater. Although there will be some disruption, ultimately the end result will provide a much needed link between the two towns.”