North South Link Road
The North South Link Road is a two-kilometre road in Weston-super-Mare which will run from the A371 in Locking to the A370 at West Wick roundabout near Morrisons.
It will include cycle and pedestrian routes and will form the main route through Parklands Village – a new community being built on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land. The new road will open up much of this site for development and provide access to a new primary school.
We are responsible for constructing the southern part of the road across land owned by us and Homes England.
This part of the road will open up land allocated for up to 1,800 homes and 2,700 jobs, as well as providing access to the new Parklands Educate Together Primary School which is due to open during the 2019/20 school year.
We expect the road to be finished in 2020, although some sections will be opened earlier to give access to the new school and for Homes England development.
The scheme is due to be funded through the following:
- The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund (LGF) and City Deal Economic Development Fund (EDF)
- The Homes England Local Authority Accelerated Construction Fund (LA-AC)
- Section 106 contributions from developers
- North Somerset Council.
Work taking place
Work started at the end of 2018 for construction access off the A371 Locking Moor Road.
Current work includes:
- delivery of 30,000 tonnes of material to be used for the construction of the road using the now completed temporary haulage road
- ground improvement work to prevent settlement
- raising ground levels to ensure the new road, when built, is level and stable
- moving underground services
- constructing rhyne crossings
- constructing new sewers and highway drainage.
Planning permission has been given for council-owned land within the Parklands Village site to be used for the temporary storage of materials for the construction of the road.
Traffic management on the A371
For safety reasons, traffic management measures are in place on the A371. This includes temporary 40 and 30mph speed limits and temporary traffic signals that include two crossing points to direct pedestrians and cyclists around the works. These will be replaced by a fully signalised crossing at a new junction with the A371 once work on the southern section of the link road is complete.
We’re working closely with Balfour Beatty to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.
A371 footbridge demolition
The demolition of the footbridge crossing the A371 Locking Moor Road successfully took place over the weekend of 17 and 18 August.
The concrete from the bridge has been stored on site and will be crushed and reused as hardcore within the road construction.
The footbridge, built in 1965, did not comply with disability regulations and had come to the end of its lifespan. Temporary signalised crossings for pedestrians have been installed on the A371 and these will be replaced by a toucan crossing on completion of the new A371/North South Link Road junction.
The gate from the Parklands development to the footbridge has now closed and will not be re-opened and, from the start of the new school year in September, the informal parking area behind the Radio Wing will be for the use of Parklands Educate Together Primary School staff and parents.
We’ve awarded the £13million contract to deliver our part of the North South Link Road to Balfour Beatty.
Balfour Beatty statement:
Balfour Beatty is delighted to be working together with North Somerset Council and their designers Jacobs on the new North South Link Road at Parklands Village, Weston-super-Mare.
The new carriageway scheme will help to meet the increased demand on Weston-super-Mare’s transport network following the improvements at J21 of the M5 and other developments in the surrounding area. Alongside the carriageway, works will include a new footpath and cycleway to improve the local sustainable transport network.
Procured through the Scape National Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, this scheme will deliver added social value and community benefits in the region by creating work placements and increasing spend with the local supply chain, in particular with Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Balfour Beatty Senior Project Manager, Gary McHugh, said:
“The development of the Parklands area forms part of an integrated plan for Weston-super-Mare to provide more than 3,000 new homes, a primary school, open space and community facilities as well as local employment opportunities. The Scape framework has ensured we’ve been fully engaged in the project from the pre-construction phase. We will continue to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure we make a positive contribution to the local economy.”
The northern part of the road will be built by Mead Realisations, the developer of that area.
Safer Roads Fund
In addition to the North South Link Road works, we have successfully bid for just under £1m from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund for a series of linked schemes to make the A371 between Locking and Banwell safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.