Improvement works to major road

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 April 2015

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ROADWORKS to improve traffic flow on one of Weston's busiest routes and tackle its 'history of minor accidents' will begin today (Monday).

In the past five years there have been 37 minor and two serious accidents at Hutton Moor Roundabout, resulting in 44 slight and two serious injuries.

But now the busy roundabout, which runs between Herluin Way and Flowerdown Bridge, will be resurfaced in places, get fresh markings and modified signalling.

North Somerset Council’s deputy leader, Elfan Ap Rees, whose portfolio includes highways, said: “Works are starting to improve traffic flow and lane discipline at the Hutton Moor Roundabout in Weston, where there is a history of congestion and minor accidents between vehicles.

“The problem has largely been caused by the change of uses at Flowerdown Park to retail, which was never intended for this industrial site but was won through planning appeals.

“We are now proposing a two-stage solution, beginning with the initial works to redefine the traffic lanes.”

The changes will provide a much longer, dedicated right-turn lane to Aisecombe Way with two lanes leading to Flowerdown Bridge.

The exit to Maltlands will no longer have its own designated lane but will be a normal roundabout exit.

The approach from Herluin Way will also be widened to allow a three-lane entry to the roundabout.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “As a second stage, which is dependent on funding, we are also designing further changes for future years – essentially widening on both A370 approaches to further improve capacity with possibly a dedicated slip-road on Flowerdown Bridge leading directly into the retail park at Aisecombe Way.”

The update is expected to take three weeks and will be done outside of peak times.

The majority of the work will take place off-peak, with work scheduled to run from 8pm-6am.

But the changes to the Maltlands approach will be completed between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Monday.

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