10 Aug 12

Local road improvements to start ahead of work on planned new power station

The first of a series of local road improvements is due to begin next week (13 August) ahead of EDF Energy starting a further phase of its site preparation works for the planned new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

Creating a crossing for horses at Farringdon Hill, near Stogursey, will be the first of the schemes, involving cutting back vegetation and putting in a waiting area for horses either side of the road.

Other schemes to follow later in the year involve increasing visibility for road users joining the C182 (Cannington to Hinkley Point) road at Claylands Corner, as well as traffic calming measures in Cannington, including a new pedestrian crossing at Rodway. Major works on two new roundabouts are also planned at Sandford Corner on the A39 and at Washford Cross, near Williton.

Work is also being planned to help manage traffic flow at Broadway/Taunton Road in Bridgwater.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C construction director, said: "By investing in these road improvements alongside our recent announcement of a new £3 million traffic management system, we are determined to minimise the impact for local road users. Our transport strategy is based on reducing impact by delivering as much material as possible by sea."

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “As highways authority the County Council will continue to work with EDF to ensure work is carried out safely and efficiently.”