Two Tunnels Greenway, Bath to open 6th April 2013. Meanwhile, in Bristol...
The grand opening date for the amazing Two Tunnels Greenway in Bath has been announced as the 6th April 2013. Sustrans, together with Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Two Tunnels Group are building the path through the hills of Bath.
And work progresses on a new section of route in Bristol.
The new Two Tunnels Greenway will transform a four-mile stretch of disused railway line into an exciting new walking and cycling path linking Bath and Midford. The new route includes two brand new bridges (watch the video) and two enormous tunnels. In fact, at over a mile long, the Combe Down tunnel will be the longest cycling tunnel in Europe.
Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Exec of Sustrans comments:
"The iconic Two Tunnels Greenway is a flagship route on our National Cycle Network and will transform local community travel. We are delighted that it will also give children and families safe access to schools, parks and green spaces."
We'll be celebrating the grand opening on 6 April 2013. Come and join us to celebrate walking and cycling and the opening of this iconic route! Find out more about the opening and festival.
This route demonstrates exactly what Sustrans, the Big Lottery Fund and our many partners want to achieve. Giving people safe and easy access to everyday destinations is crucial if we want people to leave their cars at home and travel in ways that benefit their health and our environment."
Frank Tompson, chairman of the community-based Two Tunnels Group, said:
"It's been a long journey since some of us stood between the bricked-up Devonshire and Combe Down tunnels and said, 'wouldn't it be a good idea if...?
Councillor Roger Symonds, Bath & North East Somerset Council Cabinet Member for Transport, added:
"The Council is pleased that the opening date is set for what promises to be an historic day for cycling and walking. Different communities will be connected together via sustainable methods of transport and people will have much better opportunities to get on their bike or walk for leisure or to work. This is one of the most exciting and innovative projects in the country."
The new walking and cycling path will run through Linear Park to the disused Devonshire tunnel (at Bloomfield), onto Combe Down tunnel, and then over the renovated Tucking Mill viaduct. At over one mile long, the Combe Down tunnel will be the longest cycling tunnel in Europe, and will feature an interactive light and sound installation.
This virtually flat route will bring together local communities, and enable them to make more of their everyday journeys on foot and by bike.
The new route links into the National Cycle Network with routes to Radstock and Bournemouth in the south, and the Bristol to Bath walking and cycling route in the west. It also creates a scenic 13-mile loop between Bath and Midford, and back again via the beautiful Kennet & Avon canal towpath.
Source: Sustrans Press Release at: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-sustrans/media/news-releases/bath-two-tunnels-greenway-to-open-6-april-2013
Meanwhile, in Bristol...
Another Sustrans Connect2 route is taking shape. Working with Bristol City Council, Sustrans are building a route now between Ashton Avenue Bridge by the Create Centre and the Riverside Garden Centre. Not open yet, but opening soon...