Q&A: Cycle route connecting Clevedon to Weston could open next year
PUBLISHED: 11:30 23 July 2019
Construction of a cycleway between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare could begin by March, if funding bids are successful.
Plans to create a 13-mile cycling route connecting the two seaside towns through quiet country lanes and off-road were given the green light in December.
The plans have taken another step forward after an engineer was assigned to focus his attention on the scheme.
North Somerset Council's senior highways engineer David Fish answered key questions.
What are your aspirations for the cycleway?
David said the Clevedon-Weston Cycleway would form one of the sections of the Coastal Towns Cycle Route. It will link towns from Bristol to Brean and is made up of five routes, including the Brean Down Cycleway.
He added: "This new route will be a much more attractive and safer option than the current route via the A370.
"Our vision is to create a path which allows walkers, cyclists and horse riders to travel safely."
What steps will take place over the coming months?
David said: "We have submitted funding bids and, if successful, these will allow us to start construction in March.
"With this date in mind, we are currently progressing the detailed design and applying for various environmental licences. I am looking at the potential for mile posts, wildlife enhancements, picnic benches and public art."
What funding bids have been made?
The council has submitted funding bids totalling £1.44million to 'prominent Government bodies' and David said talks to date had been 'very encouraging'.
He added: "The main scheme consists of two main elements - a 1.4km off-road cycleway which will be used by the public and a farm bridge for the local farms, replacing the river crossings.
"The bridge ensures walkers, cyclists and horse riders will be kept separate from cattle and farm machinery." MORE: The route will also link up with the existing Strawberry Line.
How long will it take to construct?
If approved, construction would take approximately six months which would have to be done between March and September due to the presence of rare birds.
What other plans are in the pipeline?
David said: "We will be looking at how best to deliver the 7km off-road Gordano Greenway to link Clevedon to Portishead.
"Good cycle infrastructure leads to job creation, economic growth and increased tourism in addition to health, wellbeing and environmental benefits."