Bristol

Weston-super-Mare roundabout scheme aims to cut delays

Traffic lights at a busy junction in Weston-super-Mare are being replaced by a mini-roundabout to help cut delays.

The scheme, at the junction of Searle Crescent and Phillips Road, aims to stop queues forming up Herluin Way and to improve access to two supermarkets.

It will be under trial until January and if feedback is positive, the mini-roundabout will be made permanent.

North Somerset councillor Elfan Ap Rees said the junction had been a problem during busy shopping periods.

"We decided to go ahead and do the trial as it is the most cost effective way to find out if the roundabout will improve traffic for the whole area," he said.

"This way we can find out if the junction is effective over Christmas, one of the busiest times of year. We can collect data to see if it is working and we can get feedback from the people who travel around the area."

The work is costing the council £2,000. If successful, local businesses will be asked to contribute towards a permanent scheme.

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