Town council backs transport plan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 July 2011

If successful, the bid would see £11million of Government money ploughed into Weston's transport infrastructure

If successful, the bid would see £11million of Government money ploughed into Weston's transport infrastructure

Archant

WESTON'S town councillors have lent their support to a scheme which aims to hugely improve the town's transport infrastructure.

The transport infrastructure improvement bid by North Somerset Council would see £11million of Government money pumped into problem spots such as the A370 corridor and highway access to the M5.

The bid was launched in 2008 to gain £11million of £630million available from the Department for Transport (DfT), and Weston Town Council voted to back the scheme at its full meeting on Monday.

North Somerset Council officers are currently trying to garner public support for the bid before it is handed into the DfT in September.

If granted the funding, the unitary authority says it would improve highway access between the M5 and Weston to reduce congestion; relieve congestion on the A370, including widening Marchfields Way; and create better facilities at Worle railway station, including a new 347-bay car park.

The council will hear if the bid has been successful by the end of the year.

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