Green light for junction repairs

Vital works to repair faulty traffic lights along East Reach in Taunton are due to take place later this month.

The lights at the junction of Victoria Gate and Victoria Street are currently running a green phase even if there are no vehicles waiting to exit on to East Reach. This can cause unnecessary delays to traffic.

The work, which is due to start on Monday 27 October, could take up to two weeks to complete as equipment under the ground has failed and new ducts and detectors need to be installed.

While this is taking place, every effort will be made to minimise disruption by maintaining two-way flow along East Reach.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “East Reach is a key route through Taunton so it is vital we fix these lights as soon as possible to prevent needless queues forming.

“Every effort has been made to limit the impact of these works but it is a very busy road so we ask for your patience during any periods of disruption.”

During the work, traffic will not be able to turn right from East Reach into Victoria Gate or Victoria Street. Traffic will also be prevented from exiting Victoria Street on to East Reach.

Two-way flow will continue on East Reach with one lane maintained in each direction and temporary three-way traffic signals will be used to allow access to Victoria Gate. These can be manually controlled at peak times if necessary.