Major upgrade of key Taunton junction enters final stages

A major scheme to upgrade one of Taunton’s key junctions remains on schedule and is nearing completion.

Somerset County Council is currently improving the junction where East Street and East Reach meet Hurdle Way.

As well as replacing the outdated traffic lights, the layout of the junction is also being changed to make it easier for pedestrians to cross the busy road.

Work continues to make good progress with evening resurfacing starting on Monday (18 July) at 7pm. This will require the use of temporary traffic signals on East Reach and Hurdle Way, so is being confined to evenings (7pm to midnight) to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’ve made really good progress with this scheme and I’m pleased we are now nearing completion without too many issues with traffic flows.

“It’s also been really nice to see so many people enjoying the extra space in the town centre.

“Please don’t forget that businesses all along East Street, East Reach and neighbouring streets remain open for business as usual while work is underway.

“We’ve been listening to their views and adapting our working methods to minimise disruption wherever possible, but this has been a significant piece of work and we’re very grateful for their patience and understanding.

“The good news is the new junction will make it much easier for pedestrians to cross Hurdle Way and access shops and restaurants in the East Gate area – something I hope will be very welcome to both traders and shoppers.”

The overall scheme remains on course for completion as planned by Friday 29 July. You can find out more about the work and see a plan of the redesigned junction at www.somerset.gov.uk/eaststreetclosure.