You’ll Never Leave…

Following some chat on Facebook about how the cycle routes through Radstock are in the process of changing I thought I would try and clear up some of the current confusion.

Prior to 22nd August 2016 the “Colliers’ Way” cycle route left town in the direction of Kilmersdon, Mells and Frome via Church Street and Meadow View. This was always intended to be a temporary route, pending redevelopment of the former Radstock West Station site (once a busy station on the GWR Bristol and North Somerset branch) since the  cycle route opened in 2004.

The redevelopment of the station site is well advanced with the builders moving onto the land over which the temporary path went, so another temporary route has been laid out through the building site and rejoining the railway path at the south end of the site. This is, I believe, following roughly the final cycle route after the development is complete.

All this means, of course, is that most of the existing signage in the town is now completely wrong and should be ignored. Someone had tried a few botched alterations which has only succeeded in making things more confusing, making the catchphrase from Radstock’s alter ego, Royston Vasey, “You’ll Never Leave” all the more appropriate to unsuspecting cycle tourists trying vainly to find their way out.

The new, completely unsigned, route takes you from the new roundabout at the junction of The Street and the A362 Frome Road along Nelson Ward Drive through the new housing estate via a temporary boardwalk to rejoin the railway route south of the town.

As previously suggested it is best to ignore any and all of the existing signs on the route after joining the Frome Road. I have done a short video clip to illustrate the route you now need to take.

First off, here are a few photos of the signs that are now mostly inappropriate and inaccurate.

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This is what you see after crossing the Sheepwash Bridge approaching the A362 Frome Road. Applied to the temporary cycle route before the last temporarary cycle route. Now irrelevant. Ignore. Request to council to remove it was made over a year ago. Application for funding to pay for a man with a spanner to come and take it away is probably ongoing. Might find its way into the highways budget sometime in 2026. Allegedly.

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These road markings also date from the temporary cycle route before the last temporary cycle route. Ignore. Also requested the council to remove them a year ago.

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This sign is sort of correct, but you would only use the “(via crossing)” if you were on foot. It does actually point up Nelson Ward Drive, more by accident than design because it predates the existance of the road. Really needs to be relocated to another lamp post to be properly useful.

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This is the new roundabout as seen from the A362 Frome Road as you head out of town towards Frome. Nelson Ward Drive is straight ahead from the roundabout. If you chose to use the shared use route you would be riding on the shared use footway on the left, crossing the road via the centre refuge, then over the new road just behind where the blue car is, then cross Nelson Ward Drive and carry on up.

The Google Street View is a bit out of date, so best not rely on that to get your bearings. This is how the same spot looked in August 2011 when the Google car last passed by. Just a tad different.

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First of the botch-ups. This sign has been turned around 180 degrees, thus of no use at all. Should be removed. Ignore.

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This sign has been altered to point up Nelson Ward Drive – that’s Nelson Ward Drive on the left of the picture. I suspect most people wouldn’t notice it unless they are crossing the new link road on foot.

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I have no idea what they were thinking with this alteration. It’s pointing the unsuspecting tourist back into the centre of town. Should be removed completely. Ignore. However, it has the correct spelling of Kilmersdon. Be thankful for that.

Now for the magical mystery tour through the building site. Note how, within the building site itself, Health and Safety rules appear to demand that there are separated, routes for walking, cycling, and motors. Couldn’t resist a wry smile thinking that perhaps the HSE should have more of a say in highway design.

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One thought on “You’ll Never Leave…”

  1. Great article. The pictures showing the white car raises my blood pressure. This vehicle is owned by an employee of the local printers and they consistently park on the pavement and on top of the white line making it too narrow/impossible for cyclists to get safely onto the shared pavement route from Sheepwash Bridge to from Victoria Hall or vice versa. I have reported it to BANES and the Traffic enforcement department. Nothing has been done in over a year. I have spoken to the business and received verbal abuse in return.

    In front of it there is a completely ‘unfit for purpose’ dropped kerb. It is crooked and about 50+mm proud of the tarmac. Perhaps I shouldn’t worry because this exact car is usually parked over the kerb anyway. Yesterday a wheelchair user and her assistant were unable to mount it it without help. I use this route for the school run four times a day by bike. That’s four times a day my heart sinks when I remember the developers had every opportunity to make a good example of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

    With the confusing, signage and road markings, (and unhelpful local business mentioned) it’s a bit of a joke for people passing through on the NCN24.

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