Signs will tell drivers of parking spaces
WORK on a new system to show drivers parking spaces available in Weston-super-Mare starts this week.
The new parking guidance system, costing £227,000 to install, will show motorists where spaces are available in the town centre and seafront.
The phased introduction of the roadside variable message signs will begin next week with work due to be completed by mid-April.
It is hoped the new system will help drivers to find available spaces more effectively and minimise the circulation of traffic on the roads.
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A combination of electronic variable signs and static signage will be displayed at key locations on the routes into the town.
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. The new system has been partly funded by developer contributions from the regeneration of Dolphin Square.
Other cash has come 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.
The move follows the introduction of a new on-street parking scheme which saw meters installed on 28 roads in the town centre.
North Somerset Council executive member for highways Councillor 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."