£800,000 scheme to improve cycling facilities between Cannington and Sandford Corner set to begin

Long-awaited improvements to the route between Cannington and Sandford Corner are set to get underway at the end of June.

The Somerset County Council scheme will construct a new footway/cycleway alongside the A39 between Cannington Main Road Roundabout and Sandford Hill Roundabout.

This will provide a safe off -road route for cyclists and pedestrians currently using this route and encourage more to use the route in the future.

The 2.5m wide footway and cycleway will be separated from the road by a 1m grass verge.

To keep traffic delays to a minimum, as much of the work as possible will be done from the field side, avoiding disruption to the A39. There will, however, be limited times when temporary traffic lights will be required. On these occasions we will try to restrict works to off-peak times.

Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways at Somerset County Council, said: “This is a long awaited scheme and will make journeys by foot or bicycle along this busy section of the A39 much safer.

“The route will connect to off-road cycle facilities that have recently been provided between Cannington and Combwich, and link to on-road provision for cyclists through Wembdon to connect into a series of additional cycle improvements within Bridgwater.

“I look forward to the completion of yet another great scheme, using funds from the planning agreement with EDF Energy to help mitigate the impacts of Hinkley Point C traffic upon road users”

To understand more about how the scheme will be delivered, and what to expect during its construction, please come along to Cannington Village Hall, Brook Street, Cannington from 5pm-7pm on Wednesday 14 June to speak to County Council officers and the contractor delivering the scheme.