North Somerset Council – economic update

Business in North SomersetNorth Somerset Council’s Economic Development Team give an update on the funding to improve transport around Weston.

In December 2011, the government announced that a bid for £11 million funding to improve transport around Weston had been successful.

This was in addition to a £4 million commitment from North Somerset Council for significant transport improvements.

These will include

• improvements to Junction 21 of the M5 to reduce queuing off the motorway
• improvements to the A370 including widening Marchfields Way to allow two-way traffic and provide new bus and cycle routes
• new car park and bus interchange at Worle Station plus improved cycle and motorcycle facilities
• new bus links from Queens Way to the station
• bus priority along Elmham Way, linking the regeneration areas

In addition to these improvements further funding has been pledged by the Council for a scheme to help reduce the peak time queuing on the A370 Somerset Avenue on the eastbound approach to Junction 21 of the M5.

This will provide a dedicated lane from Somerset Avenue onto the M5 northbound. The outbound improvements will be funded locally using a combination of money from development and funding received through the Joint Local Transport Plan.

Detailed design and planning is currently underway and more information and videos of the proposals can be found at the Travel+ website and

If you would like to be kept up to date with progress on the proposals email and ask to be added to our mailing list for the latest information.

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