Frome Greenway Transformation

Illustration of Frome Greenway changes

Discussion started: 9 March 2010
Discussion closes: 6 April 2010

Summary

The Frome Greenway Transformation is an ambitious project which sets out a vision for this important transport corridor which runs from Cabot Circus to Junction 2 of the M32.  It comprises an integrated series of enhancements and will be delivered as part of the Cycling City Project.  It will be primarily funded from contributions from the Cabot Circus development, under an air quality provision.  The main objective is to greatly increase the usage of the route by cyclists and pedestrians, whilst achieving a shift away from motor vehicle use resulting in an associated air quality improvement. The approach taken is to focus on encouraging behaviour change through the provision of a well marked, continuous route that has the following attributes:

  • Environmental enhancement
  • Distinct identity
  • High quality designed features
  • Good linkages along (and into) the corridor
  • Improved ecology, amenities, and safety

Comment wrap-up

CONSULTATION SUMMARY – FROME GREENWAY – MARCH 2010

This combines feedback from the ‘ask bristol’ on-line resource, direct emailed responses and input received on organised route-way walks.

Project Description:
The project comprises an integrated series of enhancements and will be delivered as part of the Cycling City Project. It will be primarily funded from contributions from the Cabot Circus development, under an air quality provision. The main objective is to greatly increase the usage of the route by cyclists and pedestrians, whilst achieving a shift away from motor vehicle use resulting in an associated air quality improvement. The approach taken is to focus on encouraging behaviour change through the provision of a well marked, continuous route that has the following attributes:

 • Environmental enhancement
 • Distinct identity
 • High quality designed features
 • Good linkages along (and into) the corridor
 • Improved ecology, amenities, and safety

Summary of Responses:

General Issues
1. Many expressed surprise that there was already a greenway route along here.
2. For those that know the route, The ‘off-road’ and water-side qualities of the route are appreciated and supported. It is important as a ‘missing link’ from the City Centre to Eastville Park. Also important to emphasise links to other cycle-routes.
3. Safety, especially after dark, was raised by many respondents, some of whom suggested improvements in lighting – especially in/around the underpasses. Some would not use the route unless/until there was greater footfall, more visible police presence and community activity.
4. Some stretches next to the motorway are described as very noisy.
5. Navigation. It needs to be very well signed, and very well publicised when the project is complete (including the historical/heritage aspects).
6. There is interest in forming a community group, with a focus on this Greenway.
7. Some concern that may fall into disrepair, over time. Sufficient provision made for ongoing maintenance.
8. Any way of reducing the motorway noise would be great.
9. Maximise the tree planting on the whole route; “Make it a wooded cycle-path like they have in Europe”

Specific Design Issues:
1. Question the need for a lot of structural elements.
2. No more hard surfaces than exist currently.
3. Introduce more colour.
4. Climbing plants will need a lot of maintenance and in some areas will obscure sight-lines.
5. Like the Living Wall idea. A green wall/ trees living barrier etc between current path and M32.
6. Strong support for the creation of an orchard.
7. Brighten up the areas by the raised motorway, and the underpasses with some LED floodlights.
8. Optimise the direct-ness of the path; smooth out the “awkward bits”.
9. Improve the visibility at the bridge at Peel Street Open Space; have river interpretation at Peel St bridge; increase connectivity to the river as much as possible.
10. Remove obstacles on path such as bollards.
11. Start the signage of the path from the Castle Street/Bond Street area.
12. Support for the creation of a bog/wetland zone in Fox Park.
13. The river at this point has invasive weeds such as Himalayan Balsam and Giant Hogweed. Suggestion for  employ BTCV or local volunteers to clear it if it was supervised.
14. Barriers and gradients at/around the underpasses were raised as an access issue.

Project Team Responses

General Issues
1. noted
2. noted
3. Security will be addressed through discussion with police and community safety to identify possible improvements
4. We are investigating the deployment of noise barriers, particularly near Fox Park \ Play Area
5. Signing and Navigation are key elements of the project and are built into the design proposals
6. We encourage formation of a community group but have no resources to progress this.
7. Negotiations are ongoing with the Parks department about maintenance provision for the route and associated facilities
8. See point 4 above
9. Tree planting is included in the design proposals

Specific Design Issues:
1. We are reviewing the quantity and design of structural elements
2. Noted
3. Coloured surface elements will be used to delineate routes
4. Maintenance issues as per item 7 above, also line of sight will be addressed through security
5. noted
6. Orchard idea is also strongly supported by project team in line with Transition agenda
7. Creative lighting will be investigated as part of the project
8. desire lines will implemented where practicable
9. Peel street will be a strong focus for the route
10.  noted, to be investigated
11.  Agreed, we want to highlight the route from cabot circus
12.  noted
13. This is being addressed through the Avon Invasive Weeds forum and the environment agency
14. Barriers and gradients will be investigated although there is no budget to address gradients

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