Update: Rowbarton traffic signals upgrade

A multi-million improvement scheme to replace 40-year-old traffic signals in Taunton is being extended to include extra works and to tackle a range of complications discovered during construction.  

Somerset County Council’s contractor Alun Griffiths began carrying out a major renewal of signals in the Rowbarton area of the town in March to replace equipment that had reached the end of its working life.   

The old equipment is being removed and replaced with new state-of-the-art signals, including improved provision for cyclists and pedestrians at Kingston Road/Greenway Road, Kingston Road/St Andrew’s Road, and Cheddon Road/Priorswood Road.   

Some of the issues that have been encountered to date include:  

Service apparatus that is much shallower than expected including a gas main and high voltage cable.
Discovery of an old fuel tank
Thick layers of concrete and other surfaces  

This has meant additional work to relocate the shallow services, remove the fuel tank, and excavate and remove more material from the site than originally expected.    As a result, the scheme has been expanded to include full road surfacing across all affected roads. This means the work will continue into the autumn.   

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This has been a particularly challenging scheme to deliver but we’re looking to take advantage to include major resurfacing work which will prevent further disruption in the future.

“This signal refurbishment is absolutely essential – the equipment has to be replaced now before it fails. It’s about ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to accommodate future growth and demand on our network.”  

The County Council’s ongoing Somerset-wide £11 million signals recovery programme is being rolled out across Somerset. You can read more about the work and necessary traffic management measures in Taunton on Travelsomerset.co.uk.  

You can find out more about how Somerset County Council is investing to improve the county’s highways network in a new film.

Submitted by Communications