Improvement works start next week on busy Weston road


An improvement scheme to make journeys around Weston-super-Mare town centre quicker and simpler will start in the New Year, as part of North Somerset Council’s continuing commitment to improving the area’s roads.

Starting on Monday (9 January), improvement works will take place to realign Locking Road and Alfred Street so that traffic heading from Locking Road to the north of the town centre can turn right onto Alfred Street without having to travel around the one-way system on Alexandra Parade.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy Leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, 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.

“We’ll be carrying out the work in phases so that we can keep traffic flowing and minimise any disruption. The majority of the work will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid peak traffic times.

“Due to the nature of the work there will be times when there are lane closures and narrow lanes in place but they will be clearly signed. Access to properties will be maintained and we’ll have staff on site who can assist road users with access arrangements. Access to Orchard Street will remain unchanged.”

The work is expected to take up to three months to complete and the cost of the scheme is £260,000. It is being funded by money from the government’s Local Growth Fund and the Joint Local Transport Plan. Skanska are carrying out the work on behalf of North Somerset Council.

More information about the scheme is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/alfredstreet