Cash boost to make Festival Way safer for cyclists

PUBLISHED: 06:58 29 March 2019

More funding has been allocated to improve a section of Festival Way.

More funding has been allocated to improve a section of Festival Way.

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A cycle path which connects Nailsea and Long Ashton to Bristol is set to benefit from a cash boost from the Government.

Cycling minister Jesse Norman has announced a £21million investment to improve stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network to make paths safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Festival Way, which links Bristol with Long Ashton and Nailsea, has been allocated £150,000 to enable improvements to be carried out.

The path is a popular route with commuters and enthusiasts and it is also used by visitors to Ashton Court and students at Ashton Park School.

There is only a narrow refuge crossing on the busy road, which cyclists and pedestrians find difficult to cross.

It has been identified as one of the most difficult road crossings in the south and the most significant barrier on the route.

Alex Hearn, assistant director of placemaking and growth at North Somerset Council said: “This is great news and supports our ambitions to encourage sustainable forms of travel wherever possible.

“This investment will make it easier and safer for our residents to travel by bike and on foot, for work, for leisure and the school run.”

It is estimated the health benefits associated with walking and cycling on the network prevented 630 early deaths in 2017 and averted nearly 8,000 long-term health conditions.

James Cleeton, regional director at Sustrans said: “As the custodians of the National Cycle Network we are very excited by this investment in transforming crucial links to communities across the West of England, making it easier for everyone to walk and cycle.

“The Network already makes it possible for 4.4 million people to travel actively every year, to work, school or for leisure. This investment is a vital boost to achieving a network of safe paths for everyone, used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

“We look forward to working with Bristol and North Somerset Councils, partner organisations, communities and individuals to improve the quality of these links and spaces. And in doing so, enabling more people to walk and cycle and enhancing access to green spaces with all the health and wellbeing and environmental benefits that brings to our towns and cities.”

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