Social media users have their say on proposed revamp of busy Worle junction
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 July 2017
Proposals for a £2.25million revamp of Worle's 'malfunction junction' have been unveiled by North Somerset Council.
The council is planning changes to the Queensway junctions, near Priory Community School and North Somerset Courthouse, to reduce tailbacks during rush-hours.
Installing roundabouts and removing traffic lights, the council says, is key to stopping traffic jams in the area.
The council is applying to the Department for Transport for £1.51million funding.
Executive member for transport Elfan Ap Rees said the council ‘has been talking about it for a long time’.
He added: “The justification for the DfT is two-fold; it’s congestion firstly as traffic tails back to junction 21 in the afternoon peak and so it’s impeding traffic coming to Weston. It’s also suppressing building of new housing and jobs growth.
“But there’s also a benefit in the morning. The main benefit for residents of Worle will be reduced traffic heading towards junction 21.”
Many people took to social media websites to share their views on the proposal.
Hayley Harris said: “They are replacing malfunction junction with roundabouts? Rewind and it was roundabouts before. What a waste of money.”
Tony Dawson said: “Nothing will ease congestion at junction 21 or anywhere else in Weston for that matter as long as NSC is intent on destroying the town by allowing the building of thousands of new homes.”
David Crossland commented: “This won’t make a jot of difference because the congestion starts further up the road at junction 21.
“This will just mean it will queue in a different way and cause more issues due to priority.
“The council needs to stop building homes in Weston and start building them elsewhere in North Somerset”
Mel Dew said: “You can’t change the volume of traffic leaving Weston, so a roundabout or traffic lights won’t change anything.
“It is the same as all the money spent at the Morrisons roundabout, there’s still the same amount of traffic leaving Weston in the morning. I think everyone is used to malfunction junction now so wouldn’t the money be better spent elsewhere?”