A371 to close for footbridge demolition

The out-dated pedestrian footbridge crossing the A371 at Locking will be demolished over the weekend of 17 and 18 August.

The bridge, built in 1965, does not comply with disability regulations and is coming to the end of its lifespan.

To enable the demolition to take place a section of the A371 from its junction with Elm Tree Road to its junction with McCrae Road will be temporarily closed from 8pm on Friday the 16th to 6am on Monday the 19th.

During the closure it will not be possible to travel directly between Weston-super-Mare and Banwell using the A371. Bus services will not be affected and residents of Parklands Village will have access to their homes at all times.

A signed diversion route will be in place via the A371 to Banwell, A368 to Churchill, A38 to Langford, B3133 to Congresbury, A370 to the airport roundabout at Weston and A371 to Locking.

Temporary signalised crossings for pedestrians have been installed to replace the footbridge and, when completed, the new junction of the A371 and North South Link Road will include a fully signalised set of pedestrian crossings and connecting paths.

The North South Link Road is currently being built and will be the main route through Parklands Village on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land. It is expected to be finished towards the end of 2020.

“We have scheduled the removal of the footbridge to take place over a weekend during the school holidays to minimise any disruption,” said Cllr James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member responsible for highways. “We will also be making the most of the road closure by carrying out other works in the area, saving money and time.”

Other works to take place during the road closure include removing a traffic island and providing associated surfacing, duct crossings, extending the narrow lanes barriers and applying road markings.

For more information about the North South Link Road go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/northsouthlink.