Replacement roundabout test
PUBLISHED: 15:36 30 November 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 30 November 2010
TRIAL road improvements designed to ease congestion on a busy Weston road will be installed this week.
Traffic lights at the junction of Searle Crescent and Phillips Road will be replaced with a mini-roundabout to see if it prevents queuing on the Herluin Way dual carriageway and improves access to and from supermarkets during the run-up to Christmas.
The new trial layout will be in place until January, and users of Herluin Way and the new junction will be asked if the change is helpful.
If the feedback is positive, the roundabout will become permanent.
Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset’s executive member responsible for highways, said: “This junction has long been a problem during busy shopping periods and we are now finding that the congestion is affecting Herluin Way, especially for traffic heading into Weston.
“We decided to go ahead and do the trial as it is the most cost effective way to find out if the roundabout will improve traffic for the whole area.”
The roundabout will be installed by North Somerset Council contractors Balfour Beatty Workplace this week at a cost of about £2,000. If successful, businesses in the area will be asked to contribute towards a permanent scheme.