Road improvement schemes
A scheme to widen Wyndham Way, creating a second lane for those travelling by road into Portishead, starts on Monday 2 December.
The £1.68m work will add the extra lane to a 500m stretch of Wyndham Way heading into Portishead, between Sheepway and the Sail roundabouts, to stop queues backing up onto the Portbury Hundred and M5 during the evening rush hour.
During the work, which will continue until the end of March, there will be narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit, streetlights will be switched off, and the two crossings will be closed and blocked to pedestrians. A temporary signal-controlled crossing will be installed near Quays Avenue.
Overnight road closures will be needed at times during the scheme. These will be advertised here as they are confirmed. You can also follow North Somerset Travel and Roads on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
The Wyndham Way project is part of a £3.48m scheme being mostly funded by Highway England’s national congestion relief programme, with North Somerset Council contributing £300,000. Highways England will carry out its linked scheme at Junction 19. The two finished projects will increase capacity on Wyndham Way, reduce queues on Portbury Hundred, and allow more traffic to pass through the motorway junction, reducing queues on the M5.
As well as the extra lane going into town the area will see landscaping improvements, a new, larger, Portishead in Bloom display space, and a new location for the Lions sign. A consultation on the proposals was held last year and included drop-in sessions at the Folk Hall. Because of feedback final plans now also include traffic islands at crossing points. The road going out of town will not change.
A six-week consultation on our proposed improvement scheme ran in summer 2018 and included a drop-in information session for local residents to discuss the plans with engineers.
As a result, the originally proposed improvement scheme for Wyndham Way was completely reassessed, additional traffic flow monitoring carried out and advice sought from independent highways consultants.
You can read the full consultation report which summarises the findings here:go to consultation report