A NEW £500,000 cycleway has been officially opened in Bridgwater.

The route, the latest addition to the town’s active travel network, runs from Stockmoor to Wills Road and will link up with existing cycling and walking infrastructure.

It’s been jointly funded by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, and North Petherton Town Council and includes £250,000 of funding from Hinkley Point C’s Community Fund and a developer contribution.

The route is barrier-free and includes a parallel pedestrian and cycling crossing to enable easier progress for those on a bicycle and will be included in Somerset County Council’s Bridgwater Way initiative.

“It’s really satisfying to see another section of cycling infrastructure added to the network in Bridgwater – it’s a great partnership effort,” said county council cabinet member for highways and transport, John Woodman.

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Bridgwater Mayor Leigh Redman, North Petherton Mayor Alan Bradford, Cllr John Woodman, Cllr Gill Slocombe and Cllr Bill Revans

“We are committed to supporting more people to choose active travel as a means to get around and this new route is an important contribution to that aim.”

The new route links Limousin Way in Stockmoor and cuts across the corner of Wilstock Country Park running alongside the rhyne, before joining Wills Road in Hamp.

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