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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.