Walking and cycling improvements planned for busy Thornbury roads
PEDESTRIANS and cyclists are set to benefit from improvements on one of the main routes into Thornbury town centre.
South Gloucestershire Council is planning upgrades to make it safer for both groups to share the route along Grovesend Road and Gillingstool, which connect the A38 and Rock Street.
The council has been given £389,500 of new funding to draw up improvements to the route and two others in the district, in Filton and Bitton, which are used as routes to school, work and shops.
Details of how the improved routes will look have yet to be decided and the council says there will be opportunities for people to shape the proposals through consultations, with updates as the projects progress.
The route has been identified for improvement through the West of England Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
Announcing the scheme, the council said: "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."
Council cabinet member for transport Steve Reade 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."
Funding for the upgrades is coming from the West of England Combined Authority, with the initial six-figure sum paying for design work and developing outline business cases for additional funding for all three schemes.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “If you’re popping to the shops, going to work or school, I want more people to think walking or cycling is the obvious choice.
"That will happen when it’s quick, safe and simple, so I’m very pleased that the West of England Combined Authority which I lead is investing this significant sum of money to help make that a reality.
“Over time I’m sure this will mean more workers at Abbey Wood, UWE students, school pupils, and residents from across Bitton, Thornbury and Filton will choose walking and cycling.
"Getting people out of their cars and walking and cycling is vital if we’re going to cut congestion and reach our ambitious net-zero targets and of course it’s good for your health too."