Major roadworks to start in Weston

John Penrose
Image caption Mr Penrose has campaigned for the road improvements since 2005

Almost 11 months of roadworks are set to begin in Weston-super-Mare as part of a major £15m roadworks project.

Junction 21 of the M5 will be widened and the A370 will be dualled, including the Marchfields Way loop.

Weston MP, Conservative John Penrose, said: "Things are pretty bad at the moment anyway. People will understand if there is a bit of disruption if things are put right."

The work is also in response to more homes being built around the town.

Mr Penrose has campaigned for the road improvements since 2005.

Other improvements will include:

  • a bigger car park at Worle station, a bus station and better facilities for cyclists and motorcyclists
  • new bus links from Queens Way, which runs through the centre of a large housing estate to the station
  • bus priority along Elmham Way which will also link with the new housing estates

Signs have been put up around the town to warn motorists.

Gail Parsons, from Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce, said: "There are concerns for businesses naturally, but also for the tourist industry.

"We do have an awful lot of traffic that comes into Weston, but I do have confidence in the council that they will keep the roads moving as best they can."

North Somerset Council has said terms have been built into the contract to help avoid disruption. This includes keeping lanes open between 07:30 and 18:00 and only having overnight roadwork closures.

The project has been funded by North Somerset Council and central government.

The work will last 43 weeks and starts on Monday, 8 April.

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