Hi-tech plans for improved bike bridge over ring road
The Newlands Road bridge over the ring road is to be upgraded with an advanced composite structure
A NEW bridge between Emersons Green and Lyde Green is set to be built as part of £5.5 million improvements to pedestrian and cycle links.
Plans to promote sustainable transport in the area have been awarded £3 million of government funding from the Getting Building Fund.
The money is being awarded to the West of England Combined Authority, which is committed to funding the cost of the bridge.
It will be an upgrade of the existing Newlands Pedestrian Bridge over the Avon Ring Road.
South Gloucestershire Council, which will be responsible for the construction of the composite bridge, expects it to be ready to use by the end of next year.
It will be part of improved travel links between Lyde Green Community Centre and Emersons Green Village Hall.
The £900 million Getting Building Fund is backing “shovel-ready” projects, ie those which can move ahead quickly.
It has also agreed to finance the creation of a centre of excellence for open research and innovation into the “Industrial Internet of Things” – using interconnected sensors, instruments and other devices to improve manufacturing – which will involve the National Composites Centre at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, as well as UWE.
West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles said: “These new links across Lyde Green and Emersons Green are creating a safe and attractive routes to walk and cycle for residents and that’s vital if we are to cut congestion, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.”
The money was welcomed by MPs Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall, whose constituency covers part of Lyde Green.
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: “We will be responsible for the construction work which is centred around the refurbishment of Newlands Pedestrian Bridge, the access paths and a number of transport improvements. The £5.5 million project is being funded by WECA and should be completed towards the end of 2021.”
Emersons Green ward councillors Judy Adams, Rachael Hunt and Colin Hunt said: “Improving connectivity between the Emersons Green and Lyde Green communities is a major local priority for us so we are delighted that this bid for funding has been successful.
“There have been differing proposals for a bridge over the ring road and we believe that, with this latest plan successfully securing this funding, we have taken a major step forward in the delivery of that vision.”