Works due to start at Northern Bridgwater junctions

A TEMPORARY one-way system will be introduced in Wylds Road, Bridgwater on January 23 to enable EDF Energy’s work to begin on improvements to two key road junctions in the town.

It will allow EDF Energy to carry out a highway upgrade as part of the development consent order for Hinkley Point C.

Improvements include widening the width of the right-turn lane from Bristol Road into The Drove and the junction made safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Traffic lights will also be upgraded at the Wylds Road junction with The Drove and a left-turn slip road created from Western Way into Wylds Road, together with safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr David Hall, Deputy leader of SCC said: “The works will improve the junction in the long term especially with the increase in EDF Energy traffic in the coming years.  I regret that this scheme may cause some disruption in the short-term and we will work with SDC and EDF Energy to minimise this and thank you for your patience.”

David Eccles, head of stakeholder engagement for Hinkley Point C, said EDF Energy was determined to minimise the impact of the new power station by investing in local road improvements, we’ve already delivered £16 million of road improvements and this is the next phase.

He said: “We have worked closely with local councils, organisations and residents on a series of road improvements across the area.

“The works in northern Bridgwater will improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and the new lights at The Drove will link in with others already in the town to help traffic flow more freely.”

During the works, temporary traffic lights will be manually controlled during busy periods to ensure disruption is minimised.

The upgrade will be complete by the summer and forms part of a package of improvements paid for by EDF Energy to provide a permanent lasting legacy from the new Hinkley Point C development.

A temporary bus stop will also be created at the junction of Wylds Road and Bristol Road while the work is carried out.