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Somerset traffic signal refurbishment
|Location||Key junctions in Somerset|
|What's happening?||New traffic signals|
|When||Work started March 2021|
|Why||Existing signals need to be replaced; better traffic flow and improved access.|
The Council is carrying out a major refurbishment of traffic signals at locations in towns across Somerset.
Work begin in 2021 and is due to continue into 2024.
Some sites in Taunton, Bridgwater, Chard, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Yeovil and Frome have been completed – further work in Bridgwater, Yeovil and Wells is currently ongoing. Further work is planned in Taunton, Shepton Mallet and Frome – details to be confirmed.
The work will see major upgrades to traffic signals at the Broadway/St John’s Street junction as well as the zebra crossings on Broadway near Blake Place being replaced with new puffin crossings.
The work at the Broadway junction with St John’s Street will also include a new parallel crossing, allowing cyclists to get across this busy junction in one movement, alongside an improved pedestrian crossing.
This programme includes resurfacing of a significant section of Broadway, including Monmouth Street, the top of St John’s Street and up to Salmon Parade.
Expected completion date for this extensive programme is summer.
Evening closures will be required from 6.30pm to 11pm as follows:
St Johns Street
Evening works diversion routes:
Work is ongoing in Mendip:
The signals recovery programme is Somerset Council’s £11.6 million county-wide package of work over the next three years to refurbish signal equipment coming to the end of its working life.
It’s essential the work happens now as the existing signals, in service for between 25- 40 years, are in a state of disrepair and need replacing as soon as possible.
The new signals will be more efficient, more eco-friendly, and importantly should improve traffic flow and will provide much safer access for both cyclists and pedestrians.
The existing signals are in a state of disrepair and must be replaced as soon as possible.
The new signals will be better co-ordinated, more efficient, and eco-friendly and should improve traffic flow plus provide much better connectivity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.-
These are Somerset Council capital funded works. It’s part of an £11.6 million package refurbish signals across Somerset over the next 3 years.-
The contractor is Centregreat, whilst Griffiths carried out the Rowbarton phase.- -
Work commenced in Yeovil early in 2022. Other sites in Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome commenced later the same year.-
All existing traffic signals will be fully refurbished – underground infrastructure which carries cables must be dug up and removed, along with new poles, and updated equipment installed which is user friendly and tactile compliant for all users including those who are visually impaired.
Overall this should improve traffic flow.
The new signals and controls are low voltage and eco-friendly in line with Somerset’s Climate Emergency Strategy.
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|
|Why||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
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.-
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.