Somerset Traffic Signal Refurbishment

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Somerset Traffic Signal Refurbishment

Somerset Traffic Signal Refurbishment

***Latest News*** November 2021

All traffic signals in Taunton’s Rowbarton area are now operational.

Rowbarton switch-on signals green light for next chapter in £11.6m programme | Somerset County Council Newsroom (somersetnewsroom.com)

Introduction

The Council is carrying out a major refurbishment of traffic signals at locations in towns across Somerset.

This commenced earlier in the year at three key junctions and two pedestrian crossings linking the A358 in the Rowbarton area of Taunton.

Work is expected to start early in 2022 in Yeovil at three locations in Lysander Road and three crossings on the outskirts of Yeovil, including one on the A37 opposite Yeovil College. More details to follow soon.

The scheme in Rowbarton saw brand new traffic signals  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 signals recovery programme is Somerset County 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.

You can view the plan for Rowbarton 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 an £11.6 million package refurbish signals across Somerset over the next 3 years.

Work is expected to start in Yeovil early in 2022. Other sites in Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome will be undertaken later in 2022/23.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Full details on traffic management will be available soon.

Q3. How long will the works take?

This is to be confirmed following award of the contract.

Q4. Where has funding come from?

These are Somerset County Council capital funded works. It’s an £11.6m million package to refurbish signals across Somerset over the next 3 years.

Q5.  Who is undertaking the works?

TBC

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