Alexandra Parade revamp will make Weston more ‘attractive’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2018
A multi-million-pound revamp of Weston-super-Mare’s road network has been the green light, as the town prepares for ‘employment and residential growth’.
North Somerset Council’s £4.5million town centre transport enhancement scheme, which will see Alexandra Parade transformed into a hub for public transport, will go ahead after the West of England Local Enterprise Project pledged £1.5million to the scheme.
Almost £3million has already been awarded by the Department for Transport, with the council hoping to make the Weston ‘more attractive and accessible’ and a ‘lively university town’.
The council’s executive member for transport, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “Weston has changed significantly since the railway station and Alexandra Parade were built when the population was much smaller and we had none of the traffic we have these days.
“This scheme will ensure the town centre is better able to meet the current and future employment and residential growth planned for Weston.”
Alexandra Parade will become a bus interchange as part of the scheme, with cars restricted from using the loop.
New roads will be created to link Orchard Meadows with the Boulevard.
The project also plots aesthetic improvements and better transport links for Station Road, Walliscote Road and Francis Fox Road, to ensure the town can meet the demands of its growing population.
After a consultation, the first phase of construction, which will focus on Station Road, is due to take place from January to June 2019.
Phase two of the revamp, which will include the Alexandra Parade redevelopment, is pencilled in for autumn 2019, with completion expected by March 2020.
It will mean Westonians will have more chance to have their say on the proposals before construction crews arrive on site.
Cllr Ap Rees said at last week’s executive meeting: “There will be a longer consultation period for that particular area, and I know there will be a lot of interest in it.
“We are not expecting any council funding to go into this scheme.
“We are in the very early stages with this. We have yet to go out to consultation and finalise the plans.”