Time running out to finish Bridgwater Way project

Bridgwater Mercury: Time running out to finish Bridgwater Way project Time running out to finish Bridgwater Way project

LESS than a year is left to complete a £4million transport project in Bridgwater – or risk the cash going back to the Government.

The Bridgwater Way aims to deliver six miles of new or improved walking and cycling routes between Bridgwater and North Petherton – but so far |only one out of four route improvements has been delivered.

Just under half (£1.75m) of the 3.9million Department of Transport funding has been spent so far, split between behaviour change and infrastructure projects.

Bridgwater councillor Leigh Redman told the Mercury: “If the remainder of the money is|not used by March next year |it will go back to the Government.

“I am a little concerned that there is less than a year for the full project to be completed overall and there’s still a lot to be done.

“The Rhode Lane project was delayed due to things like flooding and I would like to know there’s a timetable in place for each element of The Bridgwater Way project.

“I have and continue to be a big supporter of TBW but it would be remiss of me not to express concern publicly as well as to officers.”

So far, a new east/west route between Wilstock and Taunton Road has been completed. Routes along the Canal Path and Rhode lane works – Sunnybank construction in Hamp – are under delivery. A direct route linking North Petherton to Bridgwater adjacent to Taunton Road, including a new bridge at Stockmoor Rhyne, is yet to begin.

Lisa Rogers, partnership engagement officer for TBW, said: “As we all know, the county suffered one its worst flooding disasters in history, which temporarily diverted resources away from route delivery.

“The Department of Transport is fully aware of this and we are in the usual regular contact with them regarding delivery of routes between now and March 2015.

“All routes are still on track to be started in the next six months and completed by March 2015.”

She added the project has included a vast number of behaviour change activities. Details of the upcoming ‘The Bridgwater Way Challenge’ will be released soon.

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2:50pm Thu 12 Jun 14

twinkles says...

One of the behaviours I've noticed that has changed is that people are just staggered that six miles of cycle paths 'costs' four million pounds.

£4,000,000.

I'm a cyclist (so I'm keen to be on side) but that number is frankly baffling and embarrasing. Especially when the desperately needed infrastructure for cyclists on A38, A39 and A372 is being ignored.
One of the behaviours I've noticed that has changed is that people are just staggered that six miles of cycle paths 'costs' four million pounds. £4,000,000. I'm a cyclist (so I'm keen to be on side) but that number is frankly baffling and embarrasing. Especially when the desperately needed infrastructure for cyclists on A38, A39 and A372 is being ignored. twinkles
  • Score: 10

6:33pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Blue Owl says...

This was one of the Highway infrastructure projects, awarded to SCC, when I was a District Councillor up to 2011- the discussions revolved around creating cycle paths from North Petherton into Bridgwater, making it also safe and able to walk along the A 38 if you wanted to. Then there was another £100 Million Scheme to create linkage between Bridgwater -North-Petherton - Taunton and Wellington. There was no funding for this scheme, from Labours Central Gov @ the time, so I remembering Querying as to why we were bothering to debate and argue the Points of value in any such Scheme, as it was just a pie in the sky possibility without funding.
I personally, back to the cycling identified, worthwhile Cycle routes that would be effective without actually taking the entire Budget, as we know that Taunton will grab the Lions share of any such fund, despite, the fact that we in Bridgwater, have a higher proportion of Cycling for work and Leisure, than any of our Counties residents.
We are still awaiting the New Bridge into Colley Lane, from Taunton Rd, behind starting even 3-4 years, Tauntons new roads, Bridges, Park & Rides, are all complete, am I Suprised, Hell No !!!! Cynical !!! hell Yes u Bet I Am !!!!
Still Taunton needs to attract £45-55 Million of investment, so they are making sure the Traffic flows well, and in the meantime Grid Locking Bridgwaters j 23 and J 24 access to our Town.
Still they actually have Re Tarmac ed Cranleigh Gardens, after it being Identified as in need of attention, 18 month s before, but I was told there was no money in the Budget, not only did I have to wait into the next Aprils Budget, but the Next years again, before the Road, to the Dr's Surgery was done. But that's the only one, any others are top dressing grit only. Still it's good enough for us in Bridgwater, when soon ,we will have up to another 800 HGV Wagons and PSV taking Workers to Hinkley c 24/7 for Ten Years.
God help Our Tourism Trade, Farmers and anyone else, who needs to go about their lives in Bridgwater.
David L Preece
Blue - Owl Former Council
In Favour of Hinkley C, - But wanting Proper Legacy Payments for the 10 year Build Construction time, minimum, as there is likely to be D -E -F ETC.
Watch this Space........???????
???
This was one of the Highway infrastructure projects, awarded to SCC, when I was a District Councillor up to 2011- the discussions revolved around creating cycle paths from North Petherton into Bridgwater, making it also safe and able to walk along the A 38 if you wanted to. Then there was another £100 Million Scheme to create linkage between Bridgwater -North-Petherton - Taunton and Wellington. There was no funding for this scheme, from Labours Central Gov @ the time, so I remembering Querying as to why we were bothering to debate and argue the Points of value in any such Scheme, as it was just a pie in the sky possibility without funding. I personally, back to the cycling identified, worthwhile Cycle routes that would be effective without actually taking the entire Budget, as we know that Taunton will grab the Lions share of any such fund, despite, the fact that we in Bridgwater, have a higher proportion of Cycling for work and Leisure, than any of our Counties residents. We are still awaiting the New Bridge into Colley Lane, from Taunton Rd, behind starting even 3-4 years, Tauntons new roads, Bridges, Park & Rides, are all complete, am I Suprised, Hell No !!!! Cynical !!! hell Yes u Bet I Am !!!! Still Taunton needs to attract £45-55 Million of investment, so they are making sure the Traffic flows well, and in the meantime Grid Locking Bridgwaters j 23 and J 24 access to our Town. Still they actually have Re Tarmac ed Cranleigh Gardens, after it being Identified as in need of attention, 18 month s before, but I was told there was no money in the Budget, not only did I have to wait into the next Aprils Budget, but the Next years again, before the Road, to the Dr's Surgery was done. But that's the only one, any others are top dressing grit only. Still it's good enough for us in Bridgwater, when soon ,we will have up to another 800 HGV Wagons and PSV taking Workers to Hinkley c 24/7 for Ten Years. God help Our Tourism Trade, Farmers and anyone else, who needs to go about their lives in Bridgwater. David L Preece Blue - Owl Former Council In Favour of Hinkley C, - But wanting Proper Legacy Payments for the 10 year Build Construction time, minimum, as there is likely to be D -E -F ETC. Watch this Space........??????? ??? Blue Owl
  • Score: -2

11:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

If the 3/4 mths to deliver the canal surfacing is anything to go by the then I doubt a path between N Petherton and Bridgwater will actually happen.

Another bridge over the Stockmoor Rhyne will be good and hopefully not a million miles away now. The developer will hopefully deliver the cycleway between Showground roundabout and the Huntworth roundabout.
If the 3/4 mths to deliver the canal surfacing is anything to go by the then I doubt a path between N Petherton and Bridgwater will actually happen. Another bridge over the Stockmoor Rhyne will be good and hopefully not a million miles away now. The developer will hopefully deliver the cycleway between Showground roundabout and the Huntworth roundabout. swjoduk
  • Score: 1

10:31am Sat 14 Jun 14

bob160 says...

Does anyone else think that somerset cc doesn't want a bypass round Bridgwater because they think no one will come to the town? Just a thought.
Does anyone else think that somerset cc doesn't want a bypass round Bridgwater because they think no one will come to the town? Just a thought. bob160
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mr_Opinionated says...

A bypass connecting the M5 to the A39 would be an absolute godsend and would solve so many traffic issues especially around the bottom of Taunton Road. As far as stopping people coming into the town if Bridgwater got the finger out of their proverbial's and actually created a desirable town centre with good parking access and shops that customers want to visit, rather than an endless line of charity shops, mobile phone shops and estate agents then there would not be any incremental impact. Plus the ability to get in and out would be improved because there wouldn't be the endless procession of caravan's and holiday makers trying to get through the town (and who probably wouldn't have stopped anyway) blocking all the access ways for actual shoppers.
A bypass connecting the M5 to the A39 would be an absolute godsend and would solve so many traffic issues especially around the bottom of Taunton Road. As far as stopping people coming into the town if Bridgwater got the finger out of their proverbial's and actually created a desirable town centre with good parking access and shops that customers want to visit, rather than an endless line of charity shops, mobile phone shops and estate agents then there would not be any incremental impact. Plus the ability to get in and out would be improved because there wouldn't be the endless procession of caravan's and holiday makers trying to get through the town (and who probably wouldn't have stopped anyway) blocking all the access ways for actual shoppers. Mr_Opinionated
  • Score: 2

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