A multi-million pound project to upgrade Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 reaches another important landmark next week with the opening of the permanent road layout.
Earlier this year the project took another huge step forward with the opening of the new A358 Nexus Link road and now the next important component comes into play. The newly revamped, two-lane eastbound section of the A358, incorporating the improved Ruishton Lane junction and signals, will carry all eastbound traffic heading away from Taunton, the M5, and the newly widened Junction 25 roundabout, while westbound traffic heading towards Taunton and the M5 will continue to use the new Nexus link road.
This layout is set to reduce congestion both heading towards Taunton and away from the town on the A358, by separating eastbound and westbound traffic at the improved J25 gyratory. It will also help to reduce congestion on the J25 slip road and provide a dedicated bus lane from the Park and Ride.
“Junction 25 remains on schedule to be delivered on time and within budget and it’s great that we’re approaching another key milestone as we move towards completion. A massive thanks to our contractor Alun Griffiths and our Highways team for their hard work,” said Alyn Jones, Operational Director for Economic and Community Infrastructure at Somerset County Council.
In the run-up to the opening key works will be taking place throughout the week, which are being undertaken to coincide with Highways England night-time works on the M5 between Junctions 24 and 26 northbound.
Our work will also take place at night (8pm-6am):
– From 7 to 9 April Toneway will be closed during these hours
– 7 April J25 northbound slip road will be closed
– From 7-9 April J25 roundabout reduced to one lane
The eastbound A358 and Ruishton junction are set to reopen the week commencing 12 April.
Keep following www.travelsomerset.co.uk and @TravelSomerset on Twitter for updates. You can read more about the J25 scheme and the Nexus link road here and on www.travelsomerset.co.uk. Somerset County Council Highways and partners picked up the Project of the Year and Collaboration Awards at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) South West Awards 2021 for Junction 25.
Submitted by Communications