Walkers and cyclists in Thornbury are set to benefit from safer routes to schools, work and local amenities after almost £400k of funding has been granted.

South Gloucestershire Council have secured £389,500 of new funding to improve routes for Thornbury as well as Bitton and Filton.

The improvements in Filton and Thornbury have been identified through the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, and the council has been working with local stakeholders to identify options for improving walking and cycling routes along Keynsham Road.

These routes have been chosen because they are already popular with people accessing employment, schools and other transport options. However, upgrades are needed to bring them up to a standard that will enable people of all ages and abilities to safely cycle and walk along them.

This work is part of the council’s commitment to tackle the climate and nature emergency and support more people as they switch to using more active travel methods to get around.

There will be opportunities for local people to shape the proposals as they are developed across the three schemes. Further updates will be provided to the community as the projects progress.

Steve Reade, cabinet member responsible for transport at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We want walking and cycling to be credible options for travel for all residents across South Gloucestershire and this funding will help progress schemes in the Bitton/Willsbridge area, Thornbury and along the A4174 Avon Ring Road.

“We are serious about tackling the climate and nature emergencies and we have made a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030. Installing safe walking and cycling routes will encourage more people to consider sustainable travel options and help achieve our target.

“The council has invested almost £9 million in walking and cycling improvements in the area over the last three years. Opportunities for walking and cycling improvements are considered as part of all council schemes including major projects such as the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension and Yate Park & Ride.”

The funding, which has been awarded by the West of England Combined Authority, will allow further work on all three schemes, including design work, and help develop Outline Business Cases for additional funding.