Busy road to get safer thanks to cash boost

Around £1m will be invested to improve safety along a busy Weston road.

Design work will begin in April for a series of linked schemes to make the A371 between Locking and Banwell safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

North Somerset Council successfully bid for the money from the Department for Transport Safer Roads Fund and was awarded £982,000 for improvements from the Airport Roundabout in Weston along the A371 and Knightcott Road up to the East Street and Castle Hill junction in Banwell.

Proposals for the more than 5km stretch include new cycle routes and paths, as well as extra and upgraded crossing points. A speed limit review and improved traffic management, such as central hatching, are planned, and potential hazards along the road, such as overgrown vegetation, will also be removed

North Somerset Council executive member for transport, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees said: “The money from the Safer Roads Fund means we can build a combination of schemes to improve the entire stretch of the A371 rather than look at a small section.

“This whole road approach will give us better results than any one scheme alone and will improve safety for everyone who uses this route.”

Designs will complement schemes already planned for the area including a new junction onto the A371 from Parklands village.

Early designs will be published for public consultation later in the year. Once plans have been finalised work is expected to start in 2020.