A30 West Coker traffic signals replacement and resurfacing works
|Location||A30 West Coker|
|What's happening||Traffic signals replacement and resurfacing works|
|When||Saturday 22 July to Monday 4 September|
|Purpose of works||The traffic signals need to be renewed as part of a £16.6 million county-wide programme to refurbish traffic lights at the end of their working life.|
Vital resurfacing work and traffic light repairs on a section of the A30 in West Coker are to be carried out this summer.
Somerset Council will be resurfacing 7,000 sqm of West Coker’s High Street, as well as replacing ageing traffic signals on a narrow section of the road.
The traffic signals need to be renewed as part of a £16.6 million county-wide programme to refurbish traffic lights at the end of their working life.
The works are being planned for West Coker during the school summer holidays as data shows traffic on the A30 is reduced by 50 per cent during this period compared with other times of the year.
A 24-hour road closure will need to remain in place from Saturday 22 July to Monday 4 September, while the work is carried out. It’s not possible to keep the road open as there will be significant excavations needed to remove the old traffic signals and accompanying ducting and wiring. A full closure also ensures the work will be progressed more quickly.
Access for residents and businesses in the immediate area will be maintained throughout and a diversion will be in place, with full details on Roadworks and travel page.
Bus services will need to be diverted and free bus shuttle services are being supplied by Somerset Council, alongside a range of other measures provided by our contractor Centregreat.
Supporting the community
- Free shuttle bus services from West Coker to Yeovil, and West Coker to Crewkerne. The timetable has been put together so that the shuttle buses connect with the 96 and the 6 to allow onward travel to Chard and Bridport. The shuttle buses, which are being run by South West Coaches and the Council, will also connect East Chinnock, Haselbury Plucknett, North Perrot and Misterton with Crewkerne/Chard and Yeovil.
- Gates at either end of the A30 closure staffed 24-hours a day to ensure access for residents and businesses throughout – passes for residents and businesses.
- Dedicated community liaison officers based in the site office in West Coker Village Hall car park, Monday to Friday to support residents and businesses.
- Convenient access to the GP surgery and businesses throughout the closure.
- Emergency services will continue to have full access to all properties at all times in West Coker. For the majority of the road closure, emergency vehicles will also be permitted through-access to East Chinnock.
- Working hours will be 6am – 11pm so we can get these works done as quickly as possible and reopen the road. Noise monitoring will be in place, with quiet hours between 6-7am and 7-11pm.
Why Are We Doing This Work
The existing traffic signals have reached the end of their working life and must be replaced as soon as possible. We are taking the opportunity to also carry out resurfacing of the road while it is closed.
This is part of our £16.6 million signals recovery programme.
The contractor is Centregreat.
Consultation And Public Engagement
A public drop-in was held on 12 July in West Coker Village Hall. There is a site office and public liaison officer on duty for local people in the village hall car park Monday to Friday during office hours.
Work commenced 21 July and is scheduled to finish week commencing 4 September.
Replacement of signals on A30 West Coker and resurfacing of road.