Rowbarton Traffic Signal Refurbishment

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Rowbarton Traffic Signal Refurbishment

Rowbarton Traffic Signal Refurbishment

***Latest News*** March 2021

Work started this week – 22 March on the  Rowbarton Traffic Signal Refurbishment

Introduction

The Council is carrying out a major refurbishment of traffic signals at three key junctions and two pedestrian crossings linking the A358 in the Rowbarton area of Taunton.

Our contractor Alun Griffiths, which is delivering the M5 J25 project on time and on budget, will be undertaking the work commencing 22 March.

Brand new traffic signals will be installed, with improved provision for pedestrians and cyclists at the busy junctions of Kingston Road/Greenway Road, Kingston Road/St Andrew’s Road, Cheddon Road/Priorswood Road and the pedestrian crossings on Kingston Road.

Background

The scheme in Rowbarton is part of Somerset County Council’s £9 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 about 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 scheme is expected to take about 17 weeks to complete.

You can view the plan here.

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 County Council capital funded works. It’s part of a £9 million package refurbish signals across Somerset over the next 3 years.

The work is being carried out by Griffiths on behalf of Somerset County Council

The construction is due to start 22 March and are expected to last about 17 weeks.

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 in this area of town.

The new signals and controls are low voltage and eco-friendly in line with Somerset’s Climate Emergency Strategy.

Kingston Road/Greenway Road – new crossing.

Kingston Road/St Andrews Road – improved pedestrian crossing and cycling facilities.

Priorswood Road/Cheddon Road – new crossing, better provision for pedestrians and cyclists.

There will be wider, improved access to the Rowbarton pelican crossings on Kingston Road.

Q1. Why are the works needed and what work will be undertaken?

The existing signals are nearing the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced.

It’s therefore vital that the site is refurbished as soon as possible.

We are carrying out this work now to ensure infrastructure is in place to support the recovery of our local economy.

Brand new traffic signals will be installed, with improved provision for pedestrians and cyclists at the busy junctions of Kingston Road/Greenway Road, Kingston Road/St Andrew’s Road, Cheddon Road/Priorswood Road and the pedestrian crossings on Kingston Road.

All existing traffic signals will be fully refurbished – underground infrastructure which carries cables must be dug up and removed, along with new poles, heads and push button units are being installed which are user friendly and tactile compliant for all users, including those who are visually impaired.

Kingston Road/Greenway Road will also feature a new crossing onto Kingston road from Greenway Road – currently very difficult to cross.

Kingston Road/St Andrews Road will see an improved pedestrian crossing across St Andrews Road, and a new advance cycle signal heading west up Kington Road which means safer passage for cyclists.

Priorswood Road/Cheddon Road – improved pedestrian connectivity, new crossing over St Andrew’s Road, as well as new cycle crossings at Cheddon and Priorswood Road. Cyclists will be also now able to cycle safely from Priorswood Road right in Cheddon Road.

There will be wider, improved access to the Rowbarton pelican crossings on Kingston Road.

Q2. How will the traffic be managed?

There will be an impact on residents, businesses and road users but the team is working closely with the contractor on the detailed traffic management plan to minimise this in every way possible. It’s the same team, which is delivering the J25, M5 project, and it has significant experience of managing these issues.

The traffic management plan will include temporary traffic signals and lane closures. There will also be times when closures will be required these will be kept to a minimum.

Please see below for a quick guide to traffic restrictions which will be in place over the coming weeks:

Q3. How long will the works take?

The works are expected to take approximately 17 weeks.

Q4. Where has funding come from?

These are Somerset County Council capital funded works. It’s part of a £9 million package refurbish signals across Somerset over the next 3 years.

Q5.  Who is undertaking the works?

Our contractor Griffiths –  you can find out more here.

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