Work to smooth out delays on Bath's London Road
Council chiefs are hoping to iron out delays for motorists while also helping pedestrians at a busy Bath junction.
A six-week project at the entrance to the Morrisons store in London Road aims to tackle traffic congestion and improve air quality.
Work on behalf of Bath and North East Somerset Council will start on February 24 as part of the £27 million Bath Transportation Package.
Signals at the pinch-point junction will be improved, traffic islands reorganised, and existing crossing points consolidated into one.
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B&NES says the pedestrian crossing controls will be better synchronised with the main signals, and that there will be longer ‘green man’ time for people on foot.
Cabinet member for transport Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down), said: “London Road is a hotspot for queues and delays. The council has identified this section at the Morrisons junction as a particular problem, which is why action is being taken to help tackle congestion and give people on foot more time to cross the junction. The changes will help us manage traffic more effectively and reduce idling times.”
Daytime work will not affect traffic flows, with more disruptive work taking place after the evening rush hour.
The work could go on until 1am but the council says any noisy construction will be timed for earlier in the evening.
Mr Symonds added: “We thank people for their patience whilst the work takes place.”
B&NES has written to nearby residents and businesses.
People can find out more at www.bathnes.gov.uk/btp or if they have questions about the Morrisons junction works email email@example.com or call 01225 394041.
The authority says “excellent progress” is being made on other aspects of the package, which aims to encourage people to use public transport and open up new areas for development.
It says the expansion of Odd Down Park and Ride is complete, and work at Lansdown Park and Ride is approaching completion, although it is having to apply for planning permission all over again at Newbridge.
B&NES says planning for ten showcase bus routes which will benefits dozens of bus services is at an advanced stage, as are preparations for variable message signs.