Green light for traffic signals upgrade

Ageing traffic signals in Wells are set for a comprehensive upgrade as part of Somerset County Council’s ongoing maintenance programme.

The traffic lights in Chamberlain Street are outdated and at risk of failure without investment. The system will be fully refurbished with extra low voltage supply (ELV) and LED lights to reduce the council’s carbon footprint and help save money.

The new lights will also have improved detection of cyclists using the cycle lane.

Work is scheduled to start on Monday 30 January and take around five weeks with temporary traffic lights in operation at times while the existing permanent lights are removed and replaced.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The traffic lights in Chamberlain Street are very old and at risk of failure at any time, so it’s important we invest in upgrading them.

“The new lights may look the same as the old ones, but they will use the latest technology to save energy and money, and most importantly they should be dependable for years to come.”

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