FOUR crossings on a popular North Somerset cycle and walking route are set to be upgraded.

Festival Way connects Backwell, Nailsea and Bristol. It also links the villages of Long Ashton and Flax Bourton to local secondary schools.

Around 1,600 leisure and commuter trips take place a day on foot and by bike.

The following crossings will be enhanced:

  • Station Road in Flax Bourton;
  • Backwell Bow in Backwell;
  • Lodge Lane in Nailsea;
  • Trendlewood Way in Nailsea.

Vegetation will be cut back and the kerbs realigned to better improve visibility. 

Surface treatments will take place to increase awareness of the crossings, and the signs will also be improved.

A new parallel crossing will be introduced on Trendlewood Way in Nailsea.

The speed limit on Backwell Bow and Backwell Common will also be reduced to help protect pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr Hannah Young, North Somerset Council's executive member with responsibility for active travel said: "Unfortunately it won’t be possible to leave the path open during the improvement, but the length of the works will be minimised to reduce disruption. We would ask people to be patient while the improvements are completed."

The work will start in late February.