UPDATE DECEMBER 2011 -funding secured from the Department for Transport - what next ?- see newsletter
North Somerset Council is developing the ' Weston Package' as a key element in its strategy of enabling sustainable development in Weston-super-Mare. See a map of how it fts in with the Travel+ programme
The 'Best and Final Bid' for the Weston Package was submitted to the Department for Transport on September 9 2011 as one of the five West of England Major Transport Schemes. Read the Strategic Business Case and see all the accompanying documents.
All Local Authority major schemes across the country are now in a competitive process but we believe we have presented a strong strategic and technical case for the West of England schemes. We expect to hear back on the outcome by the end of the year.
Weston-super-Mare suffers from 'out commuting' to Bristol and other parts of the sub-region. We need to encourage people to live and work in the town and this has been identified in both the emerging North Somerset Core Strategy and the Joint Local Transport Plan 3.
The Weston Package aims to:
- Improve the highway access between the M5 motorway and Weston to reduce congestion;·
- Relieve congestion on the A370 corridor in Weston·
- Provide improvements to local access, safety, public transport, walking and cycling and;·
- Improve access between regeneration areas and other residential areas of the town.
Weston Package includes
1. Improvements to M5 Junction 21;
2. A370 Gateway improvements that include widening Marchfields Way;
3. Worle Station improvements including:
- A new south side car park
- Bus interchange on both sides of the station
- Extended and new bus services to the station with:
- Bus priority measures along Elmham Way
- A new bus only link to Queensway
- Improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.
See a map showing the different parts of the Weston Package
The full bid was submitted to DfT in April 2009 and was awarded Programme Entry in March 2010 More information is available here, including a link to the full bid document.
Planning permission for the Queensway part of the project has been granted and on Junction 21, legal agreement has been reached with the Highways Agency so that North Somerset Council can carry out the Weston Package work to this junction.
Preparatory works will be starting in autumn this year in readiness for the main works starting early in 2013.
For more information contact:
Alex Fear, Engineering Design Manager
Phone: 01934 426458