Works to tackle traffic misery to start in autumn

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 June 2012

Improvements scheduled as part of the DfT's outbound scheme

Improvements scheduled as part of the DfT's outbound scheme

North Somerset Council

PLANS to dramatically change the way people get in and out of Weston are gathering pace, with a likely start date only months away.

North Somerset Council’s Weston Package scheme is aimed at making life easier for people travelling into the town, while a simultaneous Department for Transport (DfT) scheme is looking to ease motorists’ traffic woes in getting out of the resort.

The Weston Package plans include the widening of Marchfields Way into two dual carriageways, turning part of Winterstoke Road into a no-through dual road, and creating a 320-space car park and bus drop-off point at Worle Parkway railway station.

The outbound scheme would see new traffic lights introduced where the B3440 (Bristol Road) and A370 merge near North Somerset Courthouse at St Georges and a second lane formed on the B3440.

Both schemes will introduce long-awaited improvements to Junction 21, including the addition of new lanes and the widening of slip roads.

The £15million works, with the funding split between the council and the DfT, are likely to begin in autumn.

Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for strategic planning and highways, said: “There is a lot going on with the Weston Package and we are working with the DfT to agree an initial start date as soon as possible.

“Everything will be in place, including a preferred contractor, by the autumn and we hope to start shortly afterwards.”

Planning permission has also been granted for work to improve bus links on Queensway in Worle.

Public art currently on the Queensway will be removed and given to Priory Community School.

A legal agreement has been reached between the council and the Highways Agency to carry out work on Junction 21, with ecology surveys continuing at the site. At Worle Parkway, planning permission has been agreed and a deal reached with Network Rail to allow the improvement works to go ahead.

Designs for the improved Junction 21 are also being finalised, and an exhibition of outbound road improvements will be held at St Georges Community Centre in Willow Close from 2-8pm on July 6.

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