Signs of the times for Weston
By Prue_Reid | Monday, March 04, 2013, 12:29
Work starts on Monday on a new quarter of a million pound parking guidance
system which will show drivers available spaces in Weston-super-Mare town
centre and seafront car parks.
The phased introduction of the roadside variable message signs will begin
this week with work due to be completed by mid-April.
The new system will help drivers to find available spaces more effectively
and minimise the circulation of traffic on the roads.
A combination of electronic variable signs and static signage will be
displayed at key locations on the routes into the town to show available
parking spaces and locations of the car parks in the town centre and on the
The first advance signs will be on Herluin Way, advising drivers of the
beach and town centre car parks, with variable message signs on Station Road,
on the seafront and in the town centre advising drivers of the number of spaces
in the nearest car parks. Similar systems can be found in many towns and cities
across the country.
Siemens PLC will install the £227,500 system, which has been paid for by
developer contributions for the Dolphin Square development, funding from the
government's Local Sustainable Transport and Joint Local Transport Funds, as
well as contributions from both the Sovereign Centre and National Car Parks.
North Somerset Council deputy leader
and executive member for highways Elfan Ap Rees said: "We hope this system
will help both visitors and residents to find convenient off road car parking
spaces more easily, reducing circulatory traffic in the town and further
supporting town centre retailers.
"We are grateful to our car park and developer partners for helping to
share the costs which has minimised any impact on council budgets."