30 May 2022 BBC Countryfile feature cycling in rural areas.
Here's the link
If you didn't catch it on Sunday, this week's episode is worth watching for a feature on why funding for active travel in rural areas is just as important as in urban areas but there are levelling up issues. Plus what does the new Highway Code say about the shared responsibilities of all road users
Update 27 April 2022
Our resarch project has identified a preferred route as well as many improvements to pedestrian amenity.
We are presently negotiating with landowners whose land the route goes over and we have engagement with several and still working with others.
We have had discussions with the councils at Langport and Huish Episcopi with the result that they have agreed to share the cost of some additional research in order to find a suitable route between West over and other key destinations within the area, for example, the school Leisure Centre and supermarket.
We are having discussions with Somerset County Council regarding funds to make some improvements within Curry Rivel itself whilst the landowner negotiations continue.
More updates will be provided as and when we have some more news.
Update 22 January 2022
At a special meeting on 18th January, the Parish Council unanimously agreed to the recommendations for the design and route of the Active Travel path and gave the go ahead for the working group to explore the next steps.
The final route along with the recommended design requirements is now available.. Scroll down to view and downlaod.
Whilst the drawings show the preferred route, there is still much to be done, for example, negotiation with landowners and Somerset County Council before we can be sure that a path is viable and can go ahead.
The Somerset County Council Transport Manager has taken a particular interest in this project because of its rural based nature and that eventually it could link to other villages.
With the appointment of Chris Boardman as Head of Active Travel UK which oversees the distribution of funds to projects that meet stringent standards, now is a good time to press ahead with our plans.
Watch this space for further updates and please write in with messages of support as we will no doubt need to show evidence of need when the time comes to seek funding
Update 22 November 2021
The consultant's initial report is now available for public consultation. There are numerous route options as well as safety improvements in and around the village.
We are also seeking evidence that the community support the project and that there is a definite need for a new route. Please take our survey using this link.
The existing busy stretch of the A378 between Curry Rivel and Langport is unsuitable for cyclists and pedestrians due to being very narrow in places and the volume and speed of traffic. Residents of Curry Rivel and surrounding villages rely on amenities in Langport and Huish Episcopi such as local shops and businesses, doctors, the library, the secondary school and Huish Leisure Centre, but the vast majority use their cars to travel there and back.
The need for an improved transport link is clear and the proposed project would bring a wide range of benefits to cyclists, pedestrians and the wider community, for example:
an accessible, safe and traffic free path for cyclists and pedestrians
Increased opportunities for exercise, contributing to a healthy lifestyle
reduction in volume of traffic and dangerous emissions on this stretch of the A378
Increased trade for local shops and businesses
a link to a possible future rail station at Langport
a solution to the need for a safe route for students to get to the school, academy and leisure centre
The project is now being taken forward by a small group of volunteers who are investigating feasibility, possible routes for the path, and funding opportunities. As the grant has been awarded to the project on a matched funding basis, the group are now seeking financial and other support from a wide range of sources including councils, businesses and voluntary organisations, as well as the public.
During 2021 we managed to raise over £8000 and as a result received £5000 from the Somerset County Council Climate Emergency Fund. This money is now being used to cover the fees involved for the research and to produce a design and route that will attract government funding to build it.For further information, to get involved please contact:
Tony Greenaway by e mail email@example.com or call: 07563 900646