Pucklechurch cycle network gets £50,000 boost
A CAMPAIGN to link Pucklechurch to the Bristol and Bath cycle network has received a £50,000 boost.
South Gloucestershire Council has agreed the cash injection to build the first phase of a new footpath and cycle way along the B4465 Shortwood Road. The route will finally link the village with the wider Bristol and Bath cycle network and has been warmly welcomed by campaigning councillors.
Cllrs Steve Reade and Ben Stokes (Con, Boyd Valley) have been calling for council funds to complete the missing cycle link.
They said local residents do not currently feel safe cycling or walking on the road.
"At the moment there is a short stretch of existing path which comes to an abrupt end on a very sharp bend as you are leaving Pucklechurch and then there’s a gap all the way until you reach Shortwood," they said.
"The local community tell us that they simply do not feel safe on this part of Shortwood Road which lacks a path. We are working closely with the council to get this missing link installed as soon as possible so that residents can finally feel confident about walking and cycling in and out of the village."
They added: "This confirmation of £50,000 of funding, which is an increase on the £30,000 that was originally proposed, is a real boost for the campaign and is big step towards linking Pucklechurch to the wider cycling network."
The authority’s Kings Forest area committee agreed to prioritise the new path after hearing how difficult it is to cycle in and out of Pucklechurch.
Detailed investigation work is now being carried out by council engineers and work will get underway soon.
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