North Somerset best UK council for transport?

PUBLISHED: 08:03 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 08:03 14 August 2014

M5 Junction 21 approaches.

M5 Junction 21 approaches.


A NATIONAL award could be heading to North Somerset Council after it was shortlisted as one of the best authorities in the country for transport.

The council has been nominated in the improving bus services category too.

The awards, supported by Passenger Focus and the Department for Transport, come after the £15million Weston Package scheme was completed.

The project saw capacity increased at junction 21 of the M5, more parking provided at Worle train station as well as changes to the layout of Marchfields Way in Weston.

Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for transport, said: “These awards are highly regarded in transport circles and the fact we’ve been shortlisted in two categories shows the real progress we’re making across a range of highway and transport services.

“It also shows that our reputation as a can-do council is growing and is being recognised more widely.”

The council will find out if it has won in October.

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