Weekend removal of temporary traffic lights at North Petherton

In response to recent feedback from commuters and local businesses, important changes have been made to the way the traffic is being managed at the roadworks on the A38/North Petherton at weekends.

Somerset County Council has listened to feedback that the works were causing weekend delays and have come up with a solution that means the temporary traffic lights can be removed for the next two weekends.

Cllr David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Somerset County Council, said: “We have listened to concerns from commuters, residents and businesses and taken their feedback on board. Most importantly we have made changes with the aim of easing weekend congestion over the bank holiday weekend and through the summer period.

“The temporary lights will still be in operation Monday to Friday but will now be manually operated to aid traffic flow.  The traffic management will be reviewed at the beginning of September.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused, but the scheme itself is long awaited by many and once complete, will be an integral part of an off-road cycle and walking route all the way from Old Road in North Petherton to Bridgwater town centre. This route will ultimately provide 2.5 miles of safe cycling and walking facility – part of the 6.5 miles of planned routes from The Bridgwater Way (TBW).”

The Bridgwater Way is a sustainable transport project aimed at transforming travel in Bridgwater.  Funded by the Department for Transport, the project has worked with residents, businesses and schools to promote sustainable travel.