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:
- installing street lights on A371
- footway and cycleway construction on A371
- road widening on A371
- completing drainage under the new road
- completing water and foul water supplies under the new road to serve the development sites
- installing road foundations and kerbs
- construction of parking bays in certain areas
- constructing rhyne crossings.
Planning permission was granted for council-owned land within the Parklands Village site to be used for the temporary storage of materials for the construction of the road. This work is taking place.
Measures being taken to reduce the environmental impact of the construction work include:
- using around 113,000 tonnes of imported (mainly recycled) material to construct surcharge embankments for the new road
- reusing around 22,000 tonnes of material excavated on-site
- reusing or recycling 99.9% of site waste material
- on-site mixing of 4,000 tonnes of topsoil to re-use for tree planting and landscaping
- use of low temperature road base and binder course asphalt materials.
By reusing and recycling materials carbon emissions have been cut from reducing waste materials going to landfill and the amount of new material being transported to site.
We’ll also be planting 90 trees alongside the new road and a further 200 replacement trees around Parklands Village.
The scheme is delivering added social value and community benefits as well as making a positive contribution to the local economy. Up to the end of October the scheme has provided:
- four graduate/internship/apprenticeship placements
- three weeks of work experience
- nine new jobs
- working with local colleges to provide practical input into the curriculum for more than 200 students
- five person days of volunteer work in the local community
- 95.9% of sub-contractors are based within 40 miles of the site
- 94.1% of sub-contractors are small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
- 86.7% of site employees live less than 40 miles from the site.
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 enforced by the police 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.
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.