Roadworks to finish cycle path

WORK to complete a shared-use path linking Pucklechurch with Shortwood and the Avon Ring Road will start in April.

South Gloucestershire Council says the work on the B4465 Shortwood Road is expected to begin on April 15 and could last for up to three months.

Announcing the works, the council’s streetcare department said: “Traffic lights will be in place for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We apologise for any disruption and thank you for your patience.”

The shared-use path, for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, will provide an off-road connection between the village and the existing cycle path on Shortwood Hill.

The announcement comes more than five months after the council said it was stepping up negotiations to buy the last piece of land it needed to complete the path, and was preparing a compulsory purchase order in case they fell through.

The final section of the path, next to a dangerous bend on Shortwood Road, was delayed because the council hadn’t bought the land, which meant the path currently ends with a ramp into a field.

Work to create the path started last year and has so far included a two-week closure last March, a two day closure for resurfacing in July and a lane closure, with temporary traffic lights, in February while vegetation was cut back in preparation for the latest phase of work.