Pedestrian Crossing set for upgrade

A safer pedestrian crossing is on the way for a busy Bridgwater junction with work due to start on an upgrade this month.

Somerset County Council is planning improvements to the pedestrian crossing on the A39 Wembdon Road, Bridgwater, between the junction of Northfield and the junction of Coronation Road.

The works will include upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing to a Puffin, widening the footway and improvements to lighting, drainage works and signing.  This will make it safer as the new crossing will detect pedestrians in the waiting area, but also while they are on the crossing itself.

Further to the consultation in July 2015, works are due to start on the 14 March for approximately three weeks.

The works will be in two stages; the first part will include traffic lights to control the flow of traffic around the junction on A39 Wembdon Road.  The traffic lights will be under manual control during the peak hours of 8am – 9:30am, and 3pm – 6pm.

The second part of the works will involve a full evening road closure in the first week of April for approximately four nights. The road will be closed between 6.30pm and 11.30pm in order to minimise disruption to members of the public.

Councillor David Fothergill, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said: “These improvements are about making it easier for pedestrians to get around the town safely and we have done our utmost to minimise disruption. Some inconvenience for motorists is, unfortunately unavoidable and we apologise in advance for that.

“This is an important improvement in a key location requested by the public and will ultimately improve the junction for the safety of its users.”