£1million scheme to improve road between Cannington and Combwich is officially opened

A new off road footpath and cycleway to improve safety on the road between Cannington and Combwich was officially opened by the Community and Councillors yesterday.

Until these works, only a narrow footpath existed for much of the C182 between Cannington and Combwich, with no dedicated room for cyclists.

Responding to the needs of local residents and commuters, the footpath has now been widened to provide a shared use footpath and cycleway on the 1.5km stretch between the junction of the C182 with Combwich and the new Cannington Bypass. The road has also been widened and resurfaced with improved drainage.

Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “This is a scheme that the local residents have asked for and will make life easier for cyclists and walkers between Cannington and Combwich.”

Councillor David Hall, Deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment said: “The C182 will be used by EDF Energy’s freight traffic during the build of HPC so the aim of this scheme was to create a safe, direct and attractive cycle and walking route along this corridor.

“This is the first County Council led mitigation scheme using contributions from EDF Energy. I am impressed with the end result and can see it being a popular route with residents and commuters alike.”

The scheme is part funded using contributions contained within the Hinkley Point C planning agreement and the Department for Transport’s £1.6million investment in maintenance of highways west of Bridgwater as part of the ‘Hinkley Deal’.