Extra lane into Portishead to cost £1million with work due to start early next year
PUBLISHED: 15:16 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:26 30 April 2018
Plans to widen one of Portishead's busiest roads to reduce congestion between the town and the M5 have gone out for public consultation.
North Somerset Council has obtained £1million in funding to make Wyndham Way bigger.
Under the proposal, a new 500m lane will be added to the road inbound between the Sheepway and Sainsbury’s roundabouts.
The council believes it will not only reduce congestion, but also improve safety.
Highways England will spend £2.8million on reducing the daily tailbacks faced by Portishead commuters, with work earmarked in and around junction 19.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, who is the executive member for transport, said this is a scheme which will ‘dramatically improve the journey into Portishead during busy periods and greatly reduce queuing on Portbury Hundred’.
He said: “We are delighted Highways England is addressing the major problems we have had with junction 19 during the evening rush hour.
“We are also working closely with both Portishead in Bloom and Portishead Lions to use this opportunity to improve the landscaping along the same 500m stretch of Wyndham Way.
“The aim is to keep Wyndham Way open throughout the works and if a road closure is required this will be overnight for up to two nights.”
The public consultation period will run for six weeks, ending on June 10.
In-depth plans will be available to view at the Folk Hall on May 23 from 2-8pm. Engineers will be on hand to answer any questions.
Technology anticipating population increases and traffic flow have been used to model the changes, meaning the council is confident of the scheme’s success.
However, when it announced the plan to Portishead Town Council last year, a North Somerset Council representative was unable to answer whether the same software had been used to calculate traffic flow at Cabstand, where problems over congestion have caused issues in the past.
The council says work is due to begin in January 2019 after it is reviewed the responses and made any necessary amendments. It expects the construction phase to last about four months.
To comment on the plan, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wyndhamway