A KEY junction in Bridgwater is set for an upgrade to include better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and new energy-efficient lighting.

The improvements are planned by Somerset County Council at the junction of Broadway, Penel Orlieu, North Street and West Street.

As reported, Mercury readers have called for more cycling provision in Bridgwater to better increase safety for both cyclists and pedestrians.

The alterations include the provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities. The new traffic light system will work on an extra low voltage supply (ELV) and use LED lights to reduce the Council’s carbon footprint and help save money.

Councillor Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “We’re committed to upgrading our network to use energy efficient lighting wherever possible, and it’s important that we do this proactively by replacing ageing systems before they start breaking down.

“This is a key junction in one of our busiest towns and I’m pleased we have also been able to tie in some further improvements to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Please bear with us while the work takes place. We have taken steps to minimise disruption, but some is inevitable due to the location.”

Cllr Leigh Redman, Somerset County Council member for Bridgwater South, said: “I hope County uses this opportunity to find ways to make certain that the technology used ensures smooth flow and is intelligent in its operation.

“With the Hinkley Point C traffic that will be using this important intersection, it would be remiss not to ensure this opportunity gives Bridgwater residents and road users, as well as the indicated cyclists, the very best system.

“As the Cabinet member rightly points out 'this is one of the busiest junctions in Bridgwater'; I only hope that the most intelligent system is used to maximise the opportunity this upgrade offers.

“Bridgwater residents and road users are going to suffer the HPC juggernauts and coaches for some ten years so let's get this right first time and put the very best system in place.”

The work is due to start in early June and will take around 12 to 14 weeks to complete. Wherever possible the majority of works within the carriageway itself will take place on Sundays or during off-peak hours.

For more information about cycling in the town, visit www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk