New pedestrian and cycle links29 Aug 2013
As part of Connecting Wiltshire, Wiltshire Council has begun improving walking and cycling routes around rail stations.
A new crossing point and footway has been installed at the Knapp, Great Bedwyn which is the residential access road to Bedwyn Station. In Westbury, the footpath from Avebury Close to Station Road has been cleared and re-surfaced. This is a popular route from a large residential area that provides a short-cut to the station, and the new all-weather surface and more open nature will improve conditions for pedestrians.
Improvements are also being made to a route from Warminster rail station to the Bath Road business park. Bartholemew Lane in Warminster is being widened, resurfaced and converted to a shared cycle path. A new surface is being laid on the footpath between Newopaul Way and Portway lane improving access for pedestrians especially disabled people. The footpath will also be converted to a shared cycle path.
Improvements over the next six months will be made to paths in Monkton Park, between Hardens Mead and Long Close, and Long Close to Baydons Lane in Chippenham, and to create a short section of cycle path to connect the Kennet-on-Avon canal path to Poulton in Bradford-on-Avon.
There are already many existing walking and cycling routes in Wiltshire that people just don’t know about. Wiltshire Council has produced new Walking & Cycling maps for Chippenham and Trowbridge, and a new Cycling map for Salisbury & Wilton. These add to the Bradford-on-Avon Active Travel map and the Salisbury & Wilton Walking Map which were produced by local people with funding from the Bradford-on-Avon and Salisbury Area Boards.