Major road upgrade finished ahead of schedule
A SERIES of major road and junction improvements in Bridgwater have been completed some six weeks ahead of schedule.
The upgrade has included widening the right-turn lane from Bristol Road into The Drove and making the junction safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Traffic lights have also been upgraded at the Wylds Road junction with The Drove and a left-turn slip road created from Western Way into Wylds Road, together with additional safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Drove and Bristol Road have also been resurfaced as part of the work, which has been carried out by EDF Energy as part of a £20 million package of local road improvements in association with its Hinkley Point C project.
Lucy Holt, EDF Energy’s project manager, thanked residents, traders and motorists for their patience during the improvement work.
“We did all we could to lessen the impact of the works, which included a temporary one-way system around the town, and did our best to complete them before the peak summer holiday traffic.
“I would like to thank local people for their patience as well as our contractor, the Somerset Infrastructure Alliance, for working hard to ensure the early completion of the upgrade.”
The alliance is a collaboration between Bridgwater firm R K Bell Group Ltd, Skanska and Bristol-based Forest Traffic Management Limited. The company is also currently working on a new park and ride facility off the A39 on the outskirts of Cannington to serve the Hinkley Point C site.
Somerset County Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Development, welcomed the completion of the scheme: “It’s great news that these works have been finished well ahead of schedule because they are essential to helping the flow of traffic in the town.
“Everyone involved has done their best to keep disruption during the works to a minimum and we thank everyone for their patience.”
Cllr Peter Downing, Sedgemoor District Council’s portfolio holder for Infrastructure echoed his sentiments: “The Drove/Wylds Road roadworks were clearly necessary to minimise the impact of Hinkley Point C related traffic through Bridgwater even though some disruption was inevitable.
“As a regular user of that route, my own experience is that the diversions have been well managed
“It is particularly pleasing that the works have now been completed six weeks ahead of schedule and I hope that others will share my appreciation of a job well done.”
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 480,000 customers with over 30% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.