Key junction set for upgrade

A key junction in Bridgwater is set for an upgrade to include better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and new energy efficient lighting.

The improvements are planned by Somerset County Council at the junction of Broadway, Penel Orlieu, North Street and West Street in the town centre.

The alterations include the provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities to improve safety. The new traffic light system will work on an extra low voltage supply (ELV) and use LED lights to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and help save money.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “We’re committed to upgrading our network to use energy efficient lighting wherever possible, and it’s important that we do this pro-actively by replacing ageing systems before they start breaking down.

“This is a key junction in one of our busiest towns and I’m pleased we have also been able to tie in some further improvements to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Please bear with us while the work takes place. We have taken steps to minimise disruption, but some is inevitable due to the location.”

The work is due to start in early June and will take around 12 to 14 weeks to complete. Wherever possible the majority of works within the carriageway itself will take place on Sundays or during off-peak hours.