Another key junction set for improvements

Another busy junction in Bridgwater is set for an upgrade as part of Somerset County Council’s on-going commitment to improve traffic flow in the town.

The changes are planned at the junction of East Quay and The Clink and will include new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities to improve safety.

Unlike the current system, the new junction will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross without stopping all traffic, which should improve flow.

The new traffic light system will also 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: “This is the second major junction in Bridgwater to benefit from improvements after recent work at Penel Orlieu and shows we are committed to investing in the town.

“As ever, thanks for your patience while we carry out this work. The capacity of the junction will be increased which should help improve traffic flow and make life easier for cyclists and pedestrians, which is good news for everyone who travels around Bridgwater.”

The work is due to start in early September and will take around 16 to 20 weeks to complete. The existing traffic lights will be used throughout the majority of the works to minimise disruption, although there will be occasions when temporary traffic lights are required.