Pedestrian and cycle links between Emersons Green and Lyde Green are set to be improved with the announcement of £3million from the Getting Building Fund.
This funding will be used to create a new, community friendly link and sustainable travel links between Lyde Green Community Centre and Emersons Green Village Hall and will also be used to develop an advanced composite bridge that can be efficiently and economically in the local area.
On Composite bridges the advantages of steel bridges are combined with some key factors of concrete bridges, meaning that the steel structure of the bridge is fixed to the concrete structure of the deck. This allows the steel and concrete to act together, reducing deflections and increasing strength.
Cycling and walking are sustainable forms of transport, which help to keep people active and clean up the quality of our air. The £3m will put the right infrastructure in place, so people can enjoy new routes on foot or by bike, supporting the government’s ambition for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys by 2040.
The funding has been secured by West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, from Boris Johnson’s new £900m Getting Building Fund, for shovel ready projects across the country.
The objective of the Getting Building Fund is to invest in vital infrastructure for local communities, lay the foundations for our recovery, boost economic growth and fuel local recovery and jobs. This Green Links project has been chosen as it is recognized as being set to make a huge difference to the local area.
Luke Hall MP commented:
“This really is a huge success for residents in Lyde Green and Emersons Green.
Improving our infrastructure and transport links is a key part of my Positive Plan, alongside protecting our green spaces and environment, so I am delighted that we are set to benefit from such a sustainable infrastructure scheme.
I am very grateful for the work of West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles for securing this vital Government funding, which will really make a big difference to constituents in Lyde Green.”
Chris Skidmore MP commented
“As the local MP and a former Science Minister, I am delighted with these announcements through the government’s Getting Building Funding initiative. Lyde Green and Emersons Green will see improvements to how residents and commuters can get around by cycling and walking and the ground breaking UMBRELLA digital testbed brings together the best of the best that our region has to offer to science and technology. The South Gloucestershire Tech Arc, which includes the National Composites Centre, Bristol & Bath Science Park, and the UWE Bristol Robotics Lab and FutureSpace, will be further strengthened as a result and make an even more important contribution to the national economy and how we recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic.”
West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles Commented
“Getting the region moving is a key part of my plan for our region’s recovery. These new links across Lyde Green and Emersons Green are creating a safe and attractive routes to walk and cycle for residents and that’s vital if we are cut congestion, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
Funding for the Umbrella project lets us showcase some of the expertise from our world leading researchers at the National Composites Centre along with others who are part of the South Gloucestershire Tech Arc, and by securing this extra funding from the Government, it means residents will be able to see these improvements on the ground in South Gloucestershire much more quickly.”