Three months of roadworks to begin in Weston-super-Mare next week
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 January 2017
Traffic flow in Weston town centre is set to be permanently altered, as improvement works to one of its busiest junctions will begin next week.
North Somerset Council revealed last year it planned to change the road layout at the junction of Alexandra Parade and Alfred Street, meaning traffic travelling towards the town centre from the Locking Road roundabout will be able to turn right into Alfred Street without having to first negotiate the one-way system.
The council has confirmed work to change the roads will begin on Monday. It is expected to last for three months and will cost about £260,000.
Executive member for highways Elfan Ap Rees said the majority of work would take place from 9.30am-3.30pm so disruption was kept to a minimum.
Cllr Ap Rees said: “These improvements will make it easier for traffic to travel to the north side of Weston town centre.
“It will also make more space for pedestrians, cyclists and buses on Alexandra Parade, improving road safety.
“The work will also preserve the old weigh station at the Alfred Street entrance point.”
A council spokesman said there would need to be lane closures, narrow lanes and diversions put in place while the work is carried out.
The spokesman also said the authority expected to carry out resurfacing work at night, as the junction would need to be completely closed to traffic while this takes place.
The improvements are being funded by money from the Government’s local growth fund and the council’s joint local transport plan.
The council revealed last year the Alfred Street plans would form part of its wider movement strategy for Weston town centre, which could also see a tree-lined boulevard along Station Road, Walliscote Grove Road and Carlton Street created to provide a major route to connect the town centre with the seafront. Regent Street could also be pedestrianised.
At the time of the announcement, a council spokesman said: “The strategy is intended to make it easier for people to find their way around the town centre, whether travelling on foot, by bike, public transport or by car.
“The intention is to create a more pleasant experience for pedestrians and a safer environment for cyclists, as well as making it easier to use bus services.”