Bridport - cycle network
Working with Highways England, Bridport Town Council and Sustrans, we are building cycle links into Bridport town centre.
In 2008 a study was undertaken to identify a Bridport-wide cycle network to develop the towns cycling routes.
Work so far has included building a shared use footway/cycleway along Sea Road North, from Riverside Gardens (near East Road Roundabout) up to St Andrew's Road (near the Co-op), including relocating the toucan crossing near the Co-Op. A new toucan crossing has also been installed on East Road to provide a controlled crossing point.
East Road Roundabout
To complete the cycle links into the town centre, a shared footway/cycleway will be added around the south-east side of the roundabout. This work is being jointly funded by the council and Highways England.
The pavement in this area will be widened and the existing crossing on the A35 Sea Road South will be upgraded to a new toucan crossing.
Work started on 1 April and will last for around 13 weeks. Work at the roundabout includes:
- removing ‘crazy’ paving between Sea Road North and East Road and resurfacing with bitumen to widen the area for pedestrians/cyclists
- installing new toucan crossing on A35 Sea Road South
- refurbishing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing on Sea Road North, increasing the splitter island size, and installing new kerbs and tactile paving
- refurbishing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing on A35 East Road, installing new kerbs and tactile paving
- installing new lighting around roundabout, including moving lighting to back of the footway/cycleway and installing new ducting for power supply
- replacing railings on A35 Sea Road South with higher, cycle-friendly railings
- renewing signs and installing new cycleway signs
- clearing roundabout vegetation and seeding with wildflowers
- resurfacing roundabout, approaches and footways
Although traffic management will be minimal, drivers should allow extra time for their journeys through the roundabout as approach lanes will be reduced down to one lane, slowing the progress of traffic through the roundabout.
- A35 Sea Road South will be closed between East Road Roundabout and the fire station - from 8pm to 6am the following morning - on Sunday 12, Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May
- A35 Sea Road South will be closed between East Road Roundabout and the fire station - from 8pm to 6am the following morning - on Sunday 19, Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May
These closures will allow the new toucan crossing to be installed. Drivers will be diverted through Bridport town (East Street, South Street, Crown Roundabout).
Diversion routes will be signed during the night time road closures, but access will be maintained for emergency services. Further night time road closures will be needed on the A35 in June to carry out any surfacing.
A new cycleway is planned for Burton Road, from Crown Roundabout to the entrance of the old railway line that leads to West Bay.
This cycleway will provide non-car users with a safe, traffic-free route between West Bay and Bridport’s existing walking and cycling network. It will also become part of a wider walking and cycling network that will eventually connect these areas to Maiden Newton as part of the West Dorset Trailway.
Work started in February 2019 and will take around 13 weeks to complete. Some off-peak traffic signals will be needed to complete the work safely.
West Bay railway spur
As part of the work on Burton Road, the old railway spur down to West Bay is being transformed from an overgrown, under-used bridleway into a valuable sustainable transport link and wildlife haven.
After the removal of the train lines, the 5m-wide railway spur was first converted into a 2.5m wide bridleway, and this width has gradually reduced to a narrow path as scrub has taken over. The cycleway works include cutting back the scrub and widening some parts to 3m so walkers and cyclists can easily pass each other.
The new asphalt surface will last longer and need less maintenance than the current path, it will also make the trail usable for wheelchair and mobility-scooter users, as well as for anyone with pushchairs.
The final surface will have a surface dressing finish to improve grip for horses and for it to look more in keeping with the rural nature of the trail.