Council to look at traffic trouble spots

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 October 2010

Traffic lights at two of Weston's most problematic traffic trouble spots may be removed

Traffic lights at two of Weston's most problematic traffic trouble spots may be removed

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NORTH Somerset Council is looking at options to improve the traffic flow on 'malfunction junction'.

TRAFFIC lights could be removed at a troublesome junction near Worle.

North Somerset Council is looking at options to improve the area next to Sainsbury’s, nicknamed ‘malfunction junction’ and is in the early stages of investigating the problems and possible solutions.

Measures to improve the traffic flow in Phillips Road, Weston, are even more advanced, with improvements expected to be made before Christmas.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s executive member for strategic planning, said at Tuesday’s meeting of the full council that officers were looking at the Worle spot, near to junction 21 of the M5, which sees regular tailbacks, and had already drawn up plans for the other site in Phillips Road.

Cllr Ap Rees said the traffic lights located in Phillips Road, off Herluin Way and next to the Asda and Waitrose supermarkets, may be removed to be replaced with a mini-roundabout to improve the traffic flow.

He said: “What we’ve found is that the traffic lights in Phillips Road are causing a lot of confusion, particularly at busy times of the day.

“What we’d like initially is to cover up the traffic lights, and then to replace them with a mini-roundabout.

“The officers are going to make decisions and hopefully we can make the change before Christmas, which is always a busy time of the year there.”

Plans for changes in Worle are at a less advanced stage, but Cllr Ap Rees said the council would look to learn from the successful measures carried out at the Cabstand Junction in Portishead at the end of last year.

He added: “The officers and I have just started looking at ‘malfunction junction’, we’re looking to see if the traffic lights are working properly there, and what we can do. We may remove some or all of the lights.”

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