Squibbers Way to open next week

Bridgwater’s new link road Squibbers Way will open to the public next week with a spectacular mini squibbing display.

Construction of the new road is nearly complete and Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a mini squibbing display to celebrate the road’s link to Bridgwater’s famous tradition.

Squibbers Way was the name chosen by the people of Bridgwater following a public vote earlier this year.

The short opening ceremony will start at 6pm on Monday 16 December on the new Crossways Bridge, the second of the bridges on Squibbers Way, which carries the road over the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but should be aware there is no designated parking or facilities at this location. On the night, the bridge can be accessed on foot or by bicycle from either direction.

Cyclists supporting The Bridgwater Way (www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk) are also organising a Glow Ride along the new road after the squibbing. If you would like to be part of their illuminated parade please email TBW@sustrans.org.uk in advance. Participants should be confident cyclists with bikes in good working order and front and rear lights – additional illuminations will be provided!

The Bridgwater Way is focused on helping to keep Bridgwater moving as the town goes through a period of significant growth and investment. By providing information, advice and tools people can choose the best times to travel and routes to use and even try travelling in a way that’s new to them.

Squibbers Way is the new £18.4m road linking Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and was previously referred to as the Colley Lane Southern Access Road. It is designed to help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by providing an alternative route for lorries serving the Colley Lane estate. The road also opens up brownfield land in the area for development.

More information about the road can be found at www.clsar.co.uk or follow @TravelSomerset on Twitter for scheme updates.