Roads and car parks get cash boost

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 August 2014

Elfan Ap Rees.

Elfan Ap Rees.

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WESTON'S car parks will be a part of North Somerset's transport network to benefit from a £130million cash injection, along with fresh road repairs and new sustainable transport projects.

A total of £16million has been spent on major improvements to the inbound and outbound journeys between Weston’s town centre and junction 21 of the M5 and more will be invested for further transport schemes.

The £15million Weston Package project, which saw changes to the approaches to junction 21 of the M5, were also finalised earlier this year - of which £10.4million was from the Department for Transport.

North Somerset Council will spend more than £5million this financial year on developing its road network, repairing damage caused by cold and wet winters, and carrying out its resurfacing projects.

Car park maintenance is also in the budget for Weston, as well as other minor repair works, partially funded through car parking revenue.

Deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees, who is also the executive member for highways, said: “We have a good track record of delivering major transport projects in North Somerset, the Weston Package scheme being a case in point.

“This investment has greatly reduced the travel time between Weston and the motorway making the town more accessible than ever.

“The smaller schemes are equally important, and we will continue our approach of spending our road maintenance budget wisely to ensure maximum benefit from the funding we have for this type of work.”

North Somerset is also jointly responsible, with Bristol City Council, for delivering the South Bristol Link and the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads rapid transport scheme. These two projects alone are worth a combined £98.1million.

A further £4.55million is also being invested in sustainable transport schemes, and £250,000 in street lighting.

Cllr Ap Rees added: “We are leading on multi-million pound schemes for the West of England area that will reduce journey times and provide a range of sustainable travel options. And with projects like Metrowest (a Network Rail project) phase one on the horizon, this high level of investment is set to continue in the years ahead.”

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