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Flax Bourton to Nailsea cycle track damaged by weeds

Damaged surface
The affected section will be repaired when the weather is warmer

A newly-surfaced cycle track in North Somerset is having to be repaired weeks after it was laid because weeds have started to break up the surface.

The 2.2km (1.4m) section of the popular Festival Way path - between Flax Bourton and Nailsea - cost £100,000 to upgrade from a cinder track.

It is believed a late spring caused the vegetation to grow some time after the weed killer was applied to the soil.

Sustainable transport charity Sustran said the path would be repaired soon.

'Late spring'

Spokeswoman Gill Harrison said the existing track was treated with a strong weed killer prior to the new surface being laid.

"Because spring came later than usual the weeds started growing some time after the weed killer was applied and so have cracked the surface.

"We are waiting for warmer weather when we will reapply the weed killer, let the weeds die back and then re-roll the Tarmac over the cracked surface.

"The cost of this repair will be minimal," she added.

Warning signs have been placed at each end of the track alerting users to the uneven surface - which is mainly at the Nailsea end.

The Connect2Bristol route is part of a bigger network of cycle tracks across the UK funded with money from the Big Lottery Fund.

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