Junction 21 - £5m to solve traffic problems
PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2011 | UPDATED: 12:39 13 July 2011
QUEUES on junction 21 could be eased after the council announced plans designed to tackle traffic problems at the troublespot.
North Somerset Council is looking to make £5.09million improvements to the junction by 2016, which would see the approach to the roundabout on Somerset Avenue widened.
The plans also include widening space around the roundabout itself and the north-bound slip road onto the M5, and would be combined with existing proposals put forward by the council as part of the Weston Package bid to gain funding from central Government.
As part of those plans, due to be considered by the Department for Transport later this year, the roundabout would be extended to encompass three lanes, new traffic lights would be introduced on the northbound off-slip, and the eastbound A370 would be increased by an additional lane.
But regardless of the success of the package bid, the authority says the improvements will go ahead providing approval is granted by the Highways Agency.
The council’s deputy leader and executive member for strategic planning, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, said: “With our policy of employment-led development we need to do all we can to enhance the transport infrastructure, making the area a more attractive proposition for business and reduce congestion for travellers.”
The council is asking members of the public to support the Weston Package bid by filling in a survey at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/ westonpackage or emailing email@example.com