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Contractor appointment brings town’s Celebration Mile a step closer

A PEDESTRIAN and cycle friendly route connecting Bridgwater’s railway station with the reinvigorated Northgate Docks is one step closer as Taylor Woodrow has been appointed as the main contractors.

Forming the ‘back-bone’ of Bridgwater’s revitalised town centre, Celebration Mile will celebrate the town’s rich history and culture. The project aims to create a vibrant and welcoming experience for visitors to the town centre which supports active travel, including improved pedestrian and cycling routes through the town.

Ahead of construction, the Bridgwater Town Deal Board will be holding a ‘meet the team’ drop in on Tuesday, July 23, at Bridgwater Library from 3pm-7pm where local businesses and residents are invite to come down to hear more about the next phase of the project, share their views and for the team to address any queries or concerns.

Councillor Ros Wyke, Somerset Council’s lead member for economic development, planning and assets and Bridgwater Town Deal board member said he is “delighted” to have Taylor Woodrow on board, and he is looking forward to the construction starting in a few weeks.

He said: “This is a fantastic project for Bridgwater; it’s a key part of the Town Deal regeneration vision for the town and we are hoping that by providing a single, safe and thriving active travel route from the Train Station to the Docks it will transform the way people get around, easing congestion, improving air quality and bringing more people into Bridgwater to visit and shop.

“I would encourage as many local businesses and residents to come along to meet the team on Tuesday, July 23 and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more, understand how works will be undertaken and to share questions, queries and concerns in advance.”

You can learn more about the plans at a drop in event on July 23 Picture: Bridgwater Town Council

You can learn more about the plans at a drop in event on July 23 Picture: Bridgwater Town Deal Board

The scheme aims to re-energise the centre of Bridgwater by improving footfall and encouraging visitors to spend more time in the town centre.

Work in the three core interlinked areas of Eastover, Clare Street and Angel Crescent is expected to start in the next few weeks and is anticipated to take approximately 14 months.

The Celebration Mile route will include coordinated high quality public realm materials, street furniture, shared surfaces, paving, lighting, street trees, interpretative material, public art, and improved wayfinding to these sections of Bridgwater’s public realm.

  • Eastover: work here is due to commence in July for 14 months, covering Eastover, New Road, East Quay and Salmon Parade with work being completed in eight phases to reduce impact
  • Angel Crescent: works will commence in this area in November for nine months and will be completed in five phases to reduce impact
  • Clare Street: works are due to commence here in February 2025 for seven months and will be completed in three phases to reduce impact

There will be a need to introduce traffic management measures during the construction phase and some road closures will be required at different stages.

More details will be shared on these with the public and local businesses in advance.

Toby Lander, operations manager for Taylor Woodrow added: “We are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Somerset Council on this exciting regeneration project in the heart of Bridgwater and are looking forward to delivering an active travel route throughout the town, whilst making the areas both safe and attractive to its users.

“As always, we will be working closely with all impacted local businesses and residents and would like to thank our stakeholders in advance and look forward to meeting them at the drop in.”

For information about ‘Celebration Mile’, visit Celebration Mile – Bridgwater Town Deal

For more information about the Bridgwater Town Deal, visit www.bridgwatertowndeal.co.uk.

 

4 Comments

  1. Andrew Newton Reply

    What a complete waste of our money taking more cars away from the town centre nobody will want to shop in this town soon you would be better of getting rid of the drunks and crack heads first . Just tell me in Eastover how are Lorrie’s going to be able to unload on a single track road without blocking it for other road users madness in ever word

  2. Andrew Newton Reply

    What a complete waste of our money taking more cars away from the town centre nobody will want to shop in this town soon you would be better of getting rid of the drunks and crack heads first .

  3. D.Bouchier Reply

    why isn’t the money being spent on tidying up the town? There is no need for added greenery to be put in place as weeds are growing everywhere around the town. Clean the slipways by the town bridge, the whole town is drab. Wider pavements will mean street furniture which will block pavements and be vandalised. This will be another rope walk. You spend money on these projects but then don’t maintain and look after them. I would like to see a nice town but this is a waste of money if in a few years it looks as bad as it does now.

  4. Anonymous Reply

    We don’t need a ‘celebration mile’ for the town, we need the roads to be fixed first what with all the potholes around town! And invest in the shops and public services!!! Absolutely delusional if you think this takes priority.

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