Upgrade for some of Somerset’s oldest traffic lights

A major scheme to replace some of Somerset’s oldest traffic lights is being planned to take place in Ansford this summer.

The shuttle junction of the A371 Ansford Hill and Cumnock Road with Ansford Road has equipment dating back to the 1980s and is so old that it would not be possible to find parts if the traffic signals suffered a fault.

The junction also has a sign advising drivers on Ansford Road to look for a signal when turning right – an arrangement which no longer conforms to current standards.

A full upgrade is planned to incorporate Ansford Road into the traffic light phasing, and signals will also be provided for private drives along the shuttle section to make it easy and safe to residents to exit their properties.

The new traffic signals will use extra low voltage supply (ELV) and LED lights which are more energy efficient and will reduce costs. The pavement along the full extent of the works will also be resurfaced.

The work is expected to take around eight weeks and has been planned to start in the week beginning Monday 18 July to take advantage of the school holidays when roads are generally quieter and to avoid disruption to school transport.

Due to the complexity of the work and the narrow road width available, it will be necessary to close the full section of the shuttle for the duration of the works.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is important work to replace some of the oldest traffic lights in the county. We’re also looking to improve the junction to bring it in line with current standards, and make access easier and safer for local residents – something I know they have requested.

“Due to the location of the junction and the lack of alternative routes, this essential scheme is likely to be disruptive, so please be aware and come and talk to us as soon as possible if you have a problem.”

For further information about this work, please contact Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 or email roadsandtransportSD@somerset.gov.uk.