£1.8 million boost towards better cycle paths in South Gloucestershire
CYCLISTS in South Gloucestershire will see their journeys to work hugely improved thanks to a £1.8 million boost from the Department for Transport.
The region will benefit from a share of the £7.7 million Cycle Ambrition Grant awarded to the West of England Partnership, made up of South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and North Somerset Councils, to reduce carbon emissions and encourage locals to ditch their cars and ride their bike instead.
The government funding will be matched by £3.3 million of local investment throughout the West of England area.
The sum will allow for the Hambrook sections of the Cribbs Causeway to Emersons Green Trunk Cycle Route to be greatly enhanced.
A new pedestrian and cycle crossing will be created on the M32 southbound slip road.
The carriageway will be widened to allow for a new southbound cycle lane on Bristol Road and cyclist and pedestrian access will be improved at the signal junction on the Avon Ring Road.
The existing footpath on the northbound Bristol Road will be turned into a shared pedestrian and cycle way.
Colin Skellett, chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership said: "This funding will make a real difference to cyclists and pedestrians across the West of England. It will make commuting and cycling for leisure easier and safer in some of our most popular places. We also hope to see it encourage more people to choose cycling and join over 26,000 people who regularly cycle to work across the West of England."
The new funding means that the authorities together have every hope of smashing regional targets for increasing cycling by 76 per cent by 2016 and reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2020.
Other schemes in Bristol and Bath will involve the introduction of links along the length of the River Avon from the Avon Bridge all the way to the Temple Quay Enterprise Zone, making it easier for people to cross the river and cycle alongside it.
In Bath city centre a new set of contra-flow cycle routes around the Seven Dials shared space will join up existing on-road cycle routes.
All of the schemes are due for completion by December 2015.
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