The West of England JLTP sets out the region’s transport priorities and policies up to 2036, including addressing existing and expected connectivity challenges, accommodating planned housing and employment growth, and improving connections for people and businesses across all transport types.
To help achieve these aims, the plan considers a wide range of options to support sustainable and greener travel including cycling, walking, bus, rail, and electric and autonomous vehicles. It suggests major schemes and priorities including:
• Continuing to build sections of the North Somerset Coastal Towns Cycle Route to link Brean, Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Bristol.
• Improving public transport within Weston town centre with public realm alterations, a new transport hub and a reduction in the dominance of traffic, which will enhance links for other road users.
• Improved infrastructure for areas in North Somerset earmarked as possible sites for future development, such as a link to bypass Banwell.
• An ongoing commitment to highway maintenance, with North Somerset already in the top ten per cent of all local authorities in the country for A roads and in the top five authorities for unclassified roads (2017 data).
Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member responsible for transport, said: “Working with neighbouring authorities has allowed us to look outside our own borders and create an exciting and ambitious plan for North Somerset’s transport infrastructure that will get people moving, tackle congestion and support growth.
“It builds on the significant achievements of the previous plan including spending more than £500m on the delivery of transport projects such as the Greater Bristol Bus Network, the launch of the first three MetroBus routes, completion of Weston transport package improvements, which included increased capacity at junction 21, and opening the South Bristol Link road.”
This is the fourth local transport plan produced in the West of England region and has involved collaboration with Highways England, Network Rail, public transport operators and other organisations. An advisory group, comprising representatives from around 20 transport operators and user groups, was set up to provide technical and professional advice in developing the plan.