The Avon Promenade will be “an attractive, continuous walking and cycling route that extends from Keynsham to Hotwells which is free from traffic and follows some of the popular waterways of Bristol”.
This route will include the River Avon path through Crews Hole and the increased cycle use that is expected was one of the reasons for the recent proposals to make Conham Road one-way. As reported here the Council are now reviewing the options for this section of road.
The different sections of the route have different sources of funding with Bristol City Council; Bath & North East Somerset Council; South Gloucestershire Council; the Local Enterprise Partnership; Temple Meads Enterprize Zone and Travel West all being involved. Below is a summary and links to information about the progress in providing the route.
Bristol City Centre
Funding for much of the route from Temple Meads to Hotwells is from the government’s Cycle City Ambition Grant. Details of Bristol’s successful bid can be seen here.
Work on the section of the route along Clarence Road starts on Monday 10th March and details can be seen in this press release.
Temple Meads to Conham
This section of the route is being funded as part of the improved transport links to the Temple Quarter Enterprize Zone.
Approval to spend £20.85 million for transport infrastructure around the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is being sought at Bristol City Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 4th March. There is a press release about the proposals here and more details can be seen in the Cabinet Report (pdf).
This report gives the forecast spending as £850,000 for Feeder Road; £200,000 for Conham Road and £280,000 for Conham Towpath out of the total budget of £20,850,000. The aims of the project are stated to be:
• Facilitate the creation of new jobs within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
• Encourage mode shift from the private car to walking, cycling and public transport.
Update: This funding was approved by Cabinet on 4th March. Note the design for implementing the route along Conham Road is not yet finalised, the Council is currently considering all options. Cllr Steve Pearce submitted a statement to the Cabinet meeting which can be seen here.
Conham to Hanham Mills
The work to this section of the route is being managed by South Gloucestershire Council. Work has started at the Hanham Mills end and planning applications are being progressed for parts of the work. This section is refered to as the Keynsham Greenways Project.
The final link in the route is a new bridge over the River Avon which will be provided as part of the redevelopment of the Somerdale Chocolate Factory site in Keynsham which was granted planning permission last year. The bridge will be funded as part of the financial contributions to Bath & North East Somerset Council by the developer (known as a S106). The location of the proposed bridge can be seen on this plan which was submitted as part of the planning application. The final legal agreements for this development have now been signed off as reported in ‘The Week In’.