Published: January 19, 2010
Completion of new Brean to Weston cycle route moves closer

A new cycle route between Brean and Weston-super-Mare moved a step closer this week when council planners gave approval to the path.

Sedgemoor District Council approved the renewal of a planning application for a change of use of land at Diamond Farm in Brean, enabling it to become part of the national cycle network.

The new route will eventually link Weston with Seaton in Devon, with cyclists passing through Brean and Burnham-On-Sea.

The proposals will include the Environment Agency making alterations to a river sluice across the River Axe on land besides Diamond Farm to open up the existing track to the public.

New signs and gates would also be introduced on the Brean farm land to ensure cyclists can safely pass through the site to Weston Road.

Once complete, the route will be called 'The Stop Line Way' since it will largely follow the line of the old World War II Taunton Stop Line. Along the route it is possible to see old pill boxes, former tank traps and gun emplacements.

Development of the cycle route is being overseen by Sustrans, a nationwide sustainable transport charity.

Scores of cycle routes are already in operation across our region, as pictured here.

The routes also include the River Brue tow path between Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge.

A County Council report on the proposals recently gave its approval to the Weston-Brean link.

A spokesman told "Delivery of this route could considerably improve sustainable travel between Brean and Weston, both for staff travelling between the two areas for low-paid seasonal work, and for holidaymakers wishing to access Weston without taking the car."


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