Quantock Road Roundabout

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Quantock Road Roundabout

Quantock Road Roundabout

***Latest News***

Please read our latest press release for details of the scheme.

A major scheme to improve Quantock Road roundabout in Bridgwater is due to commence on Monday 4 November 2019, with completion set for Spring 2020.

The work will provide direct, safe and convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and include toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road.  A longer queuing lane on the western arm of the roundabout will be introduced which will improve capacity and lane navigation for users.

This page explains more about the scheme and what the work will involve.

Introduction

Bridgwater is growing and as traffic levels increase, it is important to consider safety at key junctions.  At Quantock Road roundabout Bridgwater, no controlled crossing facilities currently exist making it difficult to travel by foot or bike in the area.  

The work will provide direct, safe and convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and include toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road.  A longer queuing lane on the western arm of the roundabout will be introduced which will improve capacity and lane navigation for users.

 

Due to its proximity to local schools, it has been identified as a junction in need of safety improvements to enable cyclists and pedestrians to navigate the area safely.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • To provide direct, safe, convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
  • To better link residents with local facilities
  • To form a part of the wider Bridgwater cycle network
  • To encourage local residents to walk and cycle for short trips rather than use the car
  • To resolve actual and perceived issues regarding speed of entry and lane discipline

The scheme is funded through financial contributions from EDF Energy as part of their agreement to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The funds were provided to improve capacity and safety on the road network in and around Bridgwater that is affected by Hinkley Point C construction traffic.

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

The construction is due to start in November 2019 and will be complete by Spring 2020.

Our contractor  Skanska will be working dynamically to make the most of opportunities and resources to carry out the works as quickly and with as little disruption as possible to traffic, residents and businesses.

This work will provide:

  • Improved crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians including new toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road;
  • A longer queuing lane on the western arm of the roundabout to improve traffic flow and lane navigation for users; and
  • A new footway/ cycleway link between Quantock Road and Alfoxton Road.

Work on the roundabout will be carried out in 3 phases, starting on Monday 4 November and ending in the Spring of 2020. Construction of the off-road footway/ cycleway between Quantock Road and Alfoxton Road will begin sooner.

During the course of the project, updates of progress and upcoming works will be highlighted on the this page and through press releases and social media via The Bridgwater Way. You can also sign up for email updates – please contact Lisa Rogers TBW@somerset.gov.uk

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

The work will provide direct, safe and convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and include toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road.  A longer queuing lane on the western arm of the roundabout will be introduced which will improve capacity and lane navigation for users.

Councillors and local residents have lobbied for this scheme to improve the roundabout for a number of years partly due to its proximity to local schools as it will

make it easier to cross these busy routes safely.

Q2. How are these works planned and organised?

Somerset County Council has previously been in talks with local stakeholders to help develop the traffic management proposals in a way that causes the least possible disruption.

A three-phased approach to the works has been developed which involves:

  • Phase 1 – works to raise the ground levels on the southern side of Homberg Way and start of construction of Toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road.
  • Phase 2 – works to construct the pedestrian/cycle refuge on Homberg Way. Continued construction of Toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road
  • Phase 3 – works to increase the length of the queuing lanes on the approach to the roundabout from the West

Off road construction of the cycle/ footway between the roundabout and Alfoxton Road will begin prior to the above phasing; temporary footpaths will be installed where they are needed.

Q3. How will the traffic be managed?

The scheme will be constructed to ensure traffic can flow freely and will avoid using temporary traffic lights for the majority of the work.  Some overnight closures and temporary traffic lights will be required towards the end of the works to complete the scheme.

01 – Phase 1 (002)

02 – Phase 2 (002)

03 – Phase 3 (002)

Q4. How long will the works take?

The scheme is set to start on Monday 4 November 2019, with completion set for Spring 2020.

 Q5. Where has funding come from?

The scheme is funded through financial contributions from EDF Energy as part of their agreement to build Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The funds were provided to improve capacity and safety on the road network in and around Bridgwater that is affected by Hinkley Point C construction traffic.

 Q6. Why can’t the works to the roundabout be undertaken at night?

The nature of the works is such that even if works are undertaken at night, the work areas could not be reinstated to make them fully available for use by traffic during the daytime. Even if we could the time taken to do this would mean very little productive work would be achieved during a night time shift. This would in turn extend the disruption over a longer period of time.

There are also practical issues associated with night time working such as the availability and delivery of materials required for the works and the health and safety issues associated with undertaking construction works under artificial lighting. It would also have a very disruptive impact on nearby residents.

 Q7.  Who is undertaking the works?

Skanska are undertaking the works on behalf of Somerset County Council.

 Q8. What will you do about rat-running?
Rat-running, where traffic uses inappropriate local routes to avoid a particular area, can be a problem in some areas. We are avoiding temporary traffic lights and keeping at least one lane open on each arm of the roundabout to encourage traffic to flow freely, which we believe will discourage rat-running. We recognise that there is a possibility of rat-running increasing while works are underway and we and our contractors will work closely with local communities to identify issues and consider what steps may be appropriate.

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