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Wheels in motion to extend cycle route

Work to extend the National Cycle Network Route 885 into Bridgend town centre along Brewery Lane and Angel Street has begun in earnest this week.

After being slightly delayed due to the unforeseen need to divert utilities company cables outside the Civic Offices, work has re-started and the scheme is still anticipated for completion by the end of March.

Once finished, the scheme will enable cyclists to safely ride into the town centre along Brewery Lane where the footway will be widened and new signage added.

Higher railings will be installed along the Dunraven Place footbridge to make the route suitable for cyclists as well as pedestrians.

On Angel Street, the loading bay in front of the Civic Offices will become a larger disabled parking bay, with the current on-street disabled parking bays being removed to help improve the traffic flow along the street, particularly for emergency service vehicles.

To help create the off-street disabled parking bay, the flag poles in front of the Civic Offices are being moved to the Park Street end of the building.

The riverside footway along Angel Street will also be widened and the railings by the Water Street Bridge will be raised so that they are safe to cycle next to, while the pelican crossing at the junction of Water Street and Angel Street will be converted to a toucan crossing suitable for cyclists.

Using funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund programme, this work will complete a missing section of the national cycle network. These improvements will make it much easier to cycle into Bridgend town centre for work, onward travel, or to access the town centre’s shops, services and businesses.

Councillor Richard Young, the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities

Pedestrian diversion routes for staff and visitors to the council offices will be in place for the duration of the work and the disabled parking bays on Brewery Lane and Angel Street will also be temporarily suspended. Alternative disabled parking spaces are available in the Rhiw Car Park.

Please note that access to the Embassy car park and the Bargain Booze store on Brewery Lane will be maintained while the works are ongoing and both businesses will remain open as normal.

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