New £470,000 cycle route for Weston-super-Mare

Photo of views of the Brean Down Way

Work to construct a new cycleway in Weston is set to start on Monday 6 January.

The £470,000 Uphill Road North cycleway will form a key part of the Brean to Bristol route.

The shared cycle and pedestrian route will also provide an important off-road link between Weston town centre and the five-mile traffic-free route from Uphill to Brean.

Funding for the new route has been provided by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund. It will see the current footpath running along the west side of Uphill Road North widened by two metres into land North Somerset Council has bought from Weston Golf Club. There will also be new drainage gullies, fenceline, tree planting and lining works.

Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for highways, said the cycle path provided a vital link in the Brean to Bristol route.

Cllr James Tonkin profile photo

“We already have a fantastic cycle route between Uphill and Brean, but linking with Weston town centre currently involves using the busy main route along Uphill Road North.

This cycle route will link Uphill and Marine Parade providing a safe route to access Weston town centre and other cycle routes heading out of town.

It will help those commuting to Weston College or Weston Hospital and also provide a fantastic route for those cycling for fitness or pleasure. This really is great news.”

Cllr James Tonkin North Somerset Council’s executive member

The works, which are weather dependent, are set to take 11 weeks to complete.

Traffic management will be used when needed, but the road will not be closed at any point.

Map of route