Plans for town centre upgrade

The regeneration of Weston-super-Mare is set to continue with a £4.45m scheme now approved to upgrade the centre of town.

Public open space improvements and enhanced transport links will make the town centre more attractive and accessible for everyone.

“Weston has changed significantly since the railway station and Alexandra Parade were built when the population was much smaller and we had none of the traffic we have these days,” said North Somerset Council’s deputy leader Cllr Elfan Ap Rees. “This scheme will ensure the town centre is better able to meet the current and future employment and residential growth planned for Weston.”

The scheme includes a package of pedestrian, cycle, public realm, highway and bus interchange improvements to Station Road, Walliscote Road, Alexandra Parade and Francis Fox Road.

Following consultation and approval of the detailed design, the first phase of the project will focus on Station Road with works due to take place between January and June next year. Work on phase two in Alexandra Parade will follow in the autumn of 2019 and be completed by early 2020.

Following successful bids by the council, the scheme will be funded by £2.95m from the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund and £1.5m from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

“We are not expecting any North Somerset Council funding to go into this scheme,” said Cllr Ap Rees. “We are in the very early stages with this. We have yet to go out to consultation and finalise the plans.”

The scheme will form part of the Weston town centre regeneration programme that is seeing improvements to key development sites and infrastructure projects to encourage investment in the town.

The council’s vision for the town centre is focused around the themes of living, learning and lifestyle, with plans to attract more people to live in the town centre creating a lively university town which will further improve the local economy.