Resurfacing planned as major scheme nears completion

The last remaining touches on a major Traffic Signal Refurbishment scheme in Rowbarton, Taunton, are set to get under way next week.

Somerset County Council’s highways team will be resurfacing several roads in the area, beginning on Monday 6 September and split into six different phases to minimise disruption.

These works, which will be taking place overnight, are the final part of the major works carried out by our contractor Alun Griffiths to improve the traffic signals.

Road closures and diversions will be in place and signed accordingly.

The scheme is scheduled as follows, with full road closures between 6pm and 6am*:

  • Phase 1 (6th – 10th September) – Greenway Road and Kingston Road (North of Greenway Road)
  • Phase 2 (20th to 22nd September) – Kingston Road from Greenway Road to St Andrews Road
  • Phase 3 (23rd to 28th September) – St Andrews Road (no work on Saturday/Sunday)
  • Phase 4 (29th September to 1st October) – Priorswood Road and St Andrews Road Eastwards
  • Phase 5 (4th to 6th October) – Clifton Terrace
  • Phase 6 (7th to 12th October) – Kingston Road from Railway Street to St Andrews Road (no work Saturday/Sunday nights)

The substantial work will see up to 100mm of the existing carriageway and replaced with two layers of new surfacing.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are delighted with the work that has been done to improve the traffic signals in Rowbarton.

“This extra work will cause some temporary disruption but the end is in sight and this resurfacing will ensure there will be no need to return to site anytime soon and prevent further interruption in the future.

“We understand it has been a challenging scheme and we thank the public for their continued patience.”

The multi-million improvement scheme to replace 40-year-old traffic signals in Taunton has included the replacement of old equipment 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. It is part of a wider £11.6m programme to refurbish ageing traffic signals across Somerset.

Details of the scheme can be found at If anyone is concerned about roadworks they can flag this up to the team by contacting @TravelSomerset on Twitter.

*The ‘noisy elements’ of the works are planned to be completed before 11pm with closures remaining in place through to 6am to enable white lining and other minor works to take place.