A package of public transport and road-improvement measures worth £10.4M in Weston-super-Mare has received final approval from local transport minister Norman Baker.
The scheme is aimed at reducing congestion in the town centre and improving the links between local roads and the M5 motorway.
Work is due to start in March 2013 and the package is scheduled to open in April 2014. The scheme was given funding approval along with a £10.4M investment last year as part of the spending review process.
The scheme contains a variety of improvements largely focused around Worle railway station. Scheduled improvements include a new link road for buses to help access; Bus priority measures at junctions and bus only sections to link it with regeneration areas at Weston Airfield and Locking Parklands; and a 320 space car park with a bus interchange, drop-off and cycle facilities together with improvements to the north-side car park at Worle Station.
The scheme will also include an increase in capacity for the M5 Junction 21 and increased capacity between the town centre and the regeneration areas through road widening and new routes for pedestrians and cyclists.