June 2022 – Brislington, Somerset.

Temporary permission has been granted to extend, in effect, the Sustrans-built Whitchurch to Brislington trail further in towards Bristol city centre. The approval approval permits the old railway to be used as an active travel route for a period of 3 years, at the end of which the Council will have the option to proceed with their preference to turn it into a road. The grid references for the current trail are ST 615676 (Staunton Lane, Whitchurch) to ST 615705 (Tesco Extra, Callington Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5AY), a distance of just over 1¾ miles long from end to end, although there are some diversions off the trackbed. The extension will run from the Tesco Extra store to Sandy Park Road at ST 614715 and add another 1¼ miles to the route overall. This route includes a significant section of old railway, in a cutting, which has been used informally for many years; the cutting also includes two overline bridges on what was part of the Bristol & North Somerset line to Radstock. If the trail proves popular, however, it might deter the Council from their link road plans. (James Winstanley)