Key Bridgwater cycle link set to complete this week

Key road works, including improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bridgwater are set to finish in their entirety this week, with the one way system ending ahead of schedule.

The works included County Council schemes to improve cycle and footways between the Wylds Rd/The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, and improve the pavement on Bristol Road.

Wales & West Utilities has also replaced the gas main under Wylds Road.

To minimise disruption, these schemes were carried out at the same time, avoiding the need for further major roadworks in the immediate area in the near future.

Councillor John Woodman, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council said: “This is a real success story of a collaborative approach; by combining numerous contractors’ planned works into a single, complex traffic management system, we were able to get four schemes delivered at once avoiding the need for further works and disruption in the area.

“I would like to thank the Bridgwater community and travelling public for bearing with us whilst these essential improvements were completed.”

The cycle/footway improvements will now provide a key safe link to connect the Wylds Road/The Drove junction to the A39 Bath Road. This will make cross-town travel easier and will specifically benefit young people travelling to and from Bridgwater College and Chilton Trinity School.

Supported by Sedgemoor District Council and funded by EDF Energy, The Bridgwater Way is delivering a host of travel improvements to existing roads and junctions, as well as miles of new and improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists across the town and surrounding areas.

For more information on The Bridgwater Way, please visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk.