Alexandra Parade revamp set to begin in October

PUBLISHED: 14:11 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 31 January 2018

A bus interchange is planned for Alexandra Parade in Weston.

A bus interchange is planned for Alexandra Parade in Weston.

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A transformation of Weston-super-Mare’s road network which will see Alexandra Parade become a bus interchange could begin in the autumn.

North Somerset Council’s Town Centre Transport Enhancement Scheme (TCTES) is gathering pace, with construction of a new-look road network set to begin in October.

The TCTES, a central pillar of the local authority’s town centre regeneration programme, would see Alexandra Parade become a central hub for public transport in the town, and improvements to Station Road, Walliscote Road and Francis Fox Road are also proposed in a 13-month redevelopment.

The council is also promising improvements to public spaces, cycle routes and pedestrian links in the town centre.

A £1.5million grant is expected to be handed to North Somerset on Friday to help pay for the scheme.

The West of England Joint Committee will meet at Kingswood Civic Centre, in Gloucestershire, at 1pm to deliberate over proposals to award a third of the cash for the £4.5million revamp.

A new report penned by the council’s major scheme project manager, Alex Fear, said ‘poor-quality public realm and incoherent highway setting detract from the entrance to the town centre and impact upon the value of key housing and employment sites’, adding the redevelopment is aiming to create ‘a proper sense of arrival to the town centre’.

The report outlined a timeline for the project which would see a tendering process take place from July to August, with construction pencilled in from October 2018 to December 2019.

Mr Fear added a new-look town centre would promote sustainable travel and enhance public transport links.

The report will be presented to the council’s executive committee on Tuesday.

The project was announced after the council received £2.95million funding from the Department for Transport last year.

Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for transport, then said: “Securing this funding is another major step forward in the regeneration of Weston town centre.

“Delivering high-quality, well-connected public spaces and infrastructure is key to the potential housing and employment growth in Weston.”

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