£1.68m improvement to key Portishead route

A £1.68m scheme to widen a major Portishead road kicks off next month when works start on Monday 2 December.

The project will add an extra lane to a 500m stretch of Wyndham Way 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 also 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.

Several overnight closures will be needed throughout the 16-week scheme. These will be advertised at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wyndhamway and on North Somerset Council Travel and Roads on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

North Somerset Council Head of Transport and Infrastructure Colin Medus said: “This significant investment into Portishead will make a real difference to journey times during the evening peak.

“However, we realise that while engineers are on site it can cause disruption. We ask for patience as we work with Highways England to get the two schemes completed and ask travellers, on roads and pavements, to take extra care moving through the area.”

As well as the extra lane, which is being built by North Somerset Council contractor Skanska, 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. As a result of feedback final plans now also include traffic islands at crossing points. The road going out of town will not change.