Transport improvements for town

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 August 2012

The improvements will begin this month

The improvements will begin this month

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A NEW lay-by and bus stop are soon to be installed in Weston as part of a set of public transport improvements in the town.

As part of the plans four ageing trees that are currently situated on either side of Oxford Street are set to be replaced.

North Somerset Council’s tree officer has confirmed that they are unsuitable for the current location and have caused the pavement on both sides of the road to become increasingly uneven and pose a potential safety risk to pedestrians.

As well as preventing further problems with the pavement, the removal of the trees will allow for the smooth installation of the new lay-by and bus stop and will restore usage of the upper balcony of the Town Hall, which is currently concealed by the tree canopy.

Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “We intend to replace the trees with a slim variety that will be much better suited to their location and pose less of a hazard to the public.

“We also hope to eventually plant a staggered line of about six additional trees along Oxford Street to create a ‘boulevard’ effect and follow the trend already being established through the current works in the south of the High Street.”

Work on the lay-by and bus stop opposite are due to start on August 23.


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