Long time campaigners for improved cycling routes have welcomed funding for outline business cases for a cycle path on Alveston Hill and completing the Yate spur.
Cllr Claire Young, Leader of the Lib Dems on South Glos Council, said:
“After we submitted a petition to council in 2014 calling for the completion of the Yate spur, the next stage was funded, but since then progress has stalled. The missing link may be just a small part of the route, but fixing it brings huge benefits. By connecting the growing town of Yate to the Bristol Bath railway path, the Yate spur makes it safer for people to cycle to work and for leisure. It also helps people from Westerleigh to walk and cycle to Yate. I hope this funding will make that possible.”
“I’m calling for the business case to look at other potential links into the Yate spur, to make cycling an option for many more people.”
Cllr Maggie Tyrrell, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems on South Glos Council, said:
“A safe cycle route from the Alveston to Thornbury has always been a priority of ours. Alveston Hill is a problem because it’s not wide enough to separate cars, bikes and pedestrians and the cost of extra land has held up progress. We hope enough money can now be found to buy the necessary land, on top of the cost of building a dedicated cycleway, to make this a reality. We look forward to seeing more information and getting this scheme underway as fast as possible.”
Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the West of England Mayor, said:
“Everyone should be given the confidence to ride a bike for leisure or travel along a safe route. Safe cycle routes would be a top priority for me as West of England Mayor.”