Town centre transport improvements move step nearer
A £4.45m scheme to improve transport links in Weston-super-Mare town centre has received a major boost.
It was announced today (Thursday 19 October) that North Somerset Council’s bid to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund for £2.95m towards the scheme has been successful.
The remaining funding is the subject of a separate bid of £1.5m to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This is due to be considered by the West of England Joint Committee at its next meeting on Monday 30 October.
The Weston town centre transport enhancement scheme will deliver:
- a new bus interchange at Alexandra Parade providing a central hub for public transport in the heart of the town centre
- enhanced cycling and pedestrian links improving connections between the railway station, town centre, seafront and other local facilities
- public open space improvements outside the railway station, along Station Road and at the junction where Walliscote Road joins The Centre to create an attractive arrival area into the town centre.
“Securing this funding is another major step forward in the regeneration of Weston town centre,” said the council’s deputy leader and executive member for transport Cllr Elfan Ap Rees. “Delivering high quality, well connected public spaces and infrastructure is key to underpinning the potential housing and employment growth in Weston.”