Repairs to ‘shocking’ roads should be done before Alexandra Parade development

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 February 2018

Alexandra Parade, Weston-super-Mare.

Alexandra Parade, Weston-super-Mare.

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Funding earmarked to create a bus interchange at Alexandra Parade should be used to repair Weston-super-Mare’s ‘shocking’ roads instead, according to Mercury readers.

North Somerset Council’s Town Centre Transport Enhancement Scheme (TCTES) is gathering pace, and work to revamp Weston’s road network could begin in October.

The TCTES, a central pillar of the local authority’s town centre regeneration programme, would see Alexandra Parade become a central hub for public transport in the town, and improvements to Station Road, Walliscote Road and Francis Fox Road are also proposed in a 13-month redevelopment.

The council is also promising improvements to public spaces, cycle routes and pedestrian links in the town centre.

Two thirds of the £4.5million project have been funded by the Department for Transport, and the remaining cash was awarded by the West of England Joint Committee last week.

But Mercury readers are not convinced it is the best solution for the town’s travel issues. A poll of 250 people found 60 per cent did not support the scheme. Many took to social media to share their view.

Greg Payne wrote: “The council should spend the money fixing the shocking roads around our town.

“Stop trying to improve things that don’t need improving. Look at the track record of past interferences by this meddling bunch.”

Julia Rose said: “If the changes in the bus routes in Alexandra Parade mean removing the gardens and trees this would be a disaster.

“More busses and traffic will make the air pollution much worse, at least the ~trees absorb much of it. This would create an eyesore for visitors arriving in this scruffy town.”

Tim Tindall said: “Alfred Street was done first and now it’s a death trap to cross. All that’s needed on the parade is a good revamp which would cost less than what the council is planning.”

Margaret Holmes wrote: “If the roads are due to be done what about Montpelier? It is a disgrace. We were told it was being done some three years ago, but since then nothing has happened.”

Martin Bewley commented: “If the council is ‘promising improvements to pedestrian links in the town centre’, it could start by opening the footbridge across the rail lines at the station.”

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