Works to start at Cabstand this month

Two mini roundabouts at the Cabstand in Portishead will be made permanent this month when North Somerset Council carries out a number of improvements to the area.

The works, which are due to start on Tuesday 18 April and are expected to take six weeks to complete, will include:

  • making the Cabstand/Station Road mini roundabout permanent and raising or ‘doming’ the middle of it; marking it in a larger size
  • moving the existing zebra crossing on Cabstand 5 metres westward to give one vehicle length from the give way marking at the mini roundabout
  • adding a raised crossing point on the A369 High Street northbound, between the roundabouts
  • steepen the ramps on the approaches to the raised crossings on A369 Station Road
  • raising and making the A369 Wyndham Way/High Street/Station Road mini roundabout permanent, realigning it to incorporate the new road layout
  • removing the existing speed cushion between the two mini roundabouts
  • installing a new, raised zebra crossing on eastbound Wyndham Way (heading away from the town centre) and a new, raised puffin crossing on westbound Wyndham Way (heading towards the High Street)
  • creating a maintenance vehicle layby on Wyndham Way westbound, on the approach to the mini roundabout.

As well as improvements to the Cabstand, there will also be changes to the parking arrangements at Brunel Court. A walkway will be created between the road and the area in front of the library, and the existing disabled bays will be re-marked so that they can be enforced.

Temporary traffic lights will be used to control traffic while the improvement works take place and delays in the area are expected.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for highways, said: “We trialled the mini roundabouts in response to feedback from local people and these are now being made permanent, providing a safe junction for road users and pedestrians.

“We’ll try to keep traffic flowing as much as possible while the works takes place but there is likely to be congestion in the area. We considered closing the junction for the duration of the works but doing that would have increased traffic on the alternative routes so we took the decision to use temporary lights instead.”

The works will be carried out by Skanska on behalf of North Somerset Council, at a cost of £60,000.

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