Council could give green light to junction 21 improvements

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 September 2012

Could traffic jams at junction 21 become a thing of the past?

Could traffic jams at junction 21 become a thing of the past?

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WESTON'S motorway junction could finally be in line for some major improvements.

North Somerset Council is expected to offer its final approval for a comprehensive package of transport improvements around Weston - including the notorious congestion blackspot.

The authority will decide on Tuesday whether to approve funding for improvements on both the inbound and out-bound carriageways.

The wide-ranging scheme, announced last year in a bid to dramatically change travel in and out of the resort, will be jointly funded by the council, the Department of Transport (DfT) and payments from developers.

At the council’s meeting next week, the authority will decide whether to give the green light to £5.25million of funding for the southbound improvements at the junction which is part of the Weston Package project, and £1.9million for separate northward bound upgrades.

That forms part of a wider, £15million project which will also see improvements to the bus terminus and links in Queensway, Worle and Elmham Way, turning Marchfields Way into a dual carriageway and upgrading the car park at Worle Parkway railway station.

Work to start clearing and levelling affected land around junction 21 started this week, after animals such as slowworms and badgers were moved from the area.

If the council approves the move, then work is expected to start in the spring and would take an estimated 10 months to complete.

After increasing travel problems at the junction for motorists the council has been keen to start work on introducing major improvements.

The scheme was given a boost last year when it was announced the DfT would provide the council with £11million to complete the project.

If the plans are approved, the council would also then confirm Alun Griffiths Ltd as the preferred contractor to carry out the non-junction 21 works, subject to approval from the DfT.

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