Roundabout on A39 finally complete

The official opening of the Sandford Hill Corner roundabout. Photo: submitted.

The official opening of the Sandford Hill Corner roundabout. Photo: submitted.

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THE new roundabout on the A39 between Bridgwater and Cannington has been officially opened this week.

It was part of a series of upgrades to local roads linked to the planned construction of a new power station at Hinkley Point.

Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, Cllr David Hall, joined EDF Energy project manager, Kevin Murray, in declaring the new Sandford Hill Corner roundabout open on Wednesday, June 18.

Cllr David Hall said: “Through effective joint working between EDF Energy, its contractor Aggregate Industries and Somerset County Council I’m delighted the scheme has been delivered ahead of schedule.

“I’d like to thank road users and local communities for their understanding and patience during the construction period.”

Work on this stretch of road began in February this year, with traffic being managed by temporary traffic lights while the roundabout was being constructed.

EDF says the work received a Considerate Constructors Scheme award, with the site being praised for ‘performance beyond compliance’.

EDF Energy's Kevin Murray said: “We’re pleased that road users can now enjoy a safer journey as we move into the busy summer holiday season and beyond.”

The energy company has agreed £16million funding of road improvements in Bridgwater, Cannington and West Somerset as part of a package of measures with local authorities to prepare for its construction.

Road improvements have already been delivered in Cannington and along the C182, the main road to Hinkley Point.

Further road improvements are set to begin in Bridgwater and West Somerset in the Autumn.

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1:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

The Lodger says...

Lets hope EDF can now deliver HPC ahead of time. Somehow I think not as crawling 14 miles through Bridgwater, Cannington and Combwich and not listening to many local people and building a proper northern bypass directly to Hinkley. 16 million pounds would of built a much better route instead of Mickey Mouse roundabouts around Bridgwater.
Lets hope EDF can now deliver HPC ahead of time. Somehow I think not as crawling 14 miles through Bridgwater, Cannington and Combwich and not listening to many local people and building a proper northern bypass directly to Hinkley. 16 million pounds would of built a much better route instead of Mickey Mouse roundabouts around Bridgwater. The Lodger
  • Score: 11

1:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

It is a shame a cycle route between Bridgwater and Cannington hasn't been provided by widening the narrow footway.

There seems to be some cycle provision at the roundabout with shared cycle/pedestrian paths but they are very narrow and directs uou back into the traffic.
It is a shame a cycle route between Bridgwater and Cannington hasn't been provided by widening the narrow footway. There seems to be some cycle provision at the roundabout with shared cycle/pedestrian paths but they are very narrow and directs uou back into the traffic. swjoduk
  • Score: 7

1:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Samej1 says...

It's a shame the Murk couldn't actually report on the construction period and long delays travelling the A39 over the past few months, until a shiny press release drops on the desk.... having said that the construction crew have done a great job and 'traffic light man' has become a bit of a local hero/anti hero!

Agree with both of the above, where is the Dunball link road and apparently no one will ever want to cycle to HPC hence the lack of cycling provisions (tell that to the dozens who cycle to A and B already!)
It's a shame the Murk couldn't actually report on the construction period and long delays travelling the A39 over the past few months, until a shiny press release drops on the desk.... having said that the construction crew have done a great job and 'traffic light man' has become a bit of a local hero/anti hero! Agree with both of the above, where is the Dunball link road and apparently no one will ever want to cycle to HPC hence the lack of cycling provisions (tell that to the dozens who cycle to A and B already!) Samej1
  • Score: 8

3:03pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Alex@SDA says...

Samej1 wrote:
It's a shame the Murk couldn't actually report on the construction period and long delays travelling the A39 over the past few months, until a shiny press release drops on the desk.... having said that the construction crew have done a great job and 'traffic light man' has become a bit of a local hero/anti hero!

Agree with both of the above, where is the Dunball link road and apparently no one will ever want to cycle to HPC hence the lack of cycling provisions (tell that to the dozens who cycle to A and B already!)
Couldn't agree more. All these weeks with queues sometimes right into Bridgwater, but no mention by the Murkey at all. I wonder if they are in the pocket of those who deem that we can be pacified with tinkering of the road network, or as more likely controlled so much by Taunton (in common with a lot of other matters) that this area is ignored.

The whole affair made B/Water a no go area altogether, perhaps not a bad thing, but it meant no "popping into town"

To be fair to the construction team, they got on with it and well done for being ahead.
[quote][p][bold]Samej1[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the Murk couldn't actually report on the construction period and long delays travelling the A39 over the past few months, until a shiny press release drops on the desk.... having said that the construction crew have done a great job and 'traffic light man' has become a bit of a local hero/anti hero! Agree with both of the above, where is the Dunball link road and apparently no one will ever want to cycle to HPC hence the lack of cycling provisions (tell that to the dozens who cycle to A and B already!)[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. All these weeks with queues sometimes right into Bridgwater, but no mention by the Murkey at all. I wonder if they are in the pocket of those who deem that we can be pacified with tinkering of the road network, or as more likely controlled so much by Taunton (in common with a lot of other matters) that this area is ignored. The whole affair made B/Water a no go area altogether, perhaps not a bad thing, but it meant no "popping into town" To be fair to the construction team, they got on with it and well done for being ahead. Alex@SDA
  • Score: 9

6:46pm Thu 19 Jun 14

the voice of common sense says...

What a complete waste of our time and their money, as posted above, not a word, or the opportunity to comment on the long construction time by one man and his dog of a roundabout on a main road that allows a farm track and a very underused "B" road to join a busy"A" road.

Yes this is an "accident blackspot" where virtually every incident has been caused by people driving too fast.

Instead of this white elephant the highways agency could have installed a couple of speed cameras, one at either side of the bend, that would slow down the traffic, but, because probably 95% of the road users are locals, and who would automatically slow down, no revenue would be raised. So no point in having a speed camera then
What a complete waste of our time and their money, as posted above, not a word, or the opportunity to comment on the long construction time by one man and his dog of a roundabout on a main road that allows a farm track and a very underused "B" road to join a busy"A" road. Yes this is an "accident blackspot" where virtually every incident has been caused by people driving too fast. Instead of this white elephant the highways agency could have installed a couple of speed cameras, one at either side of the bend, that would slow down the traffic, but, because probably 95% of the road users are locals, and who would automatically slow down, no revenue would be raised. So no point in having a speed camera then the voice of common sense
  • Score: -5

9:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

bygeorge says...

the voice of common sense wrote:
What a complete waste of our time and their money, as posted above, not a word, or the opportunity to comment on the long construction time by one man and his dog of a roundabout on a main road that allows a farm track and a very underused "B" road to join a busy"A" road.

Yes this is an "accident blackspot" where virtually every incident has been caused by people driving too fast.

Instead of this white elephant the highways agency could have installed a couple of speed cameras, one at either side of the bend, that would slow down the traffic, but, because probably 95% of the road users are locals, and who would automatically slow down, no revenue would be raised. So no point in having a speed camera then
the voice of common sense, I totally agree with you. As I understand it, the roundabout was built as a traffic calming measure, to stop accidents, But I think there will be more accidents now, than before. If they wanted to slow the traffic to prevent accidents, then as you have already said two speed cameras would have done the job, without the waste of all that money, which would have been better spent on a bridgwater bypass.
[quote][p][bold]the voice of common sense[/bold] wrote: What a complete waste of our time and their money, as posted above, not a word, or the opportunity to comment on the long construction time by one man and his dog of a roundabout on a main road that allows a farm track and a very underused "B" road to join a busy"A" road. Yes this is an "accident blackspot" where virtually every incident has been caused by people driving too fast. Instead of this white elephant the highways agency could have installed a couple of speed cameras, one at either side of the bend, that would slow down the traffic, but, because probably 95% of the road users are locals, and who would automatically slow down, no revenue would be raised. So no point in having a speed camera then[/p][/quote]the voice of common sense, I totally agree with you. As I understand it, the roundabout was built as a traffic calming measure, to stop accidents, But I think there will be more accidents now, than before. If they wanted to slow the traffic to prevent accidents, then as you have already said two speed cameras would have done the job, without the waste of all that money, which would have been better spent on a bridgwater bypass. bygeorge
  • Score: -3

10:15pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MikeTheKnight says...

Traffic in Bridgwater? You cider boys want to head south east on your tractors and you'll see traffic. I enjoy driving through Bridgwater in rush hour as it always moves
Traffic in Bridgwater? You cider boys want to head south east on your tractors and you'll see traffic. I enjoy driving through Bridgwater in rush hour as it always moves MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 8

2:28am Fri 20 Jun 14

Blue Owl says...

Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !!
We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated .
It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures.
WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!!
I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass
David L Preece
Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am
Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !! We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated . It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures. WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!! I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass David L Preece Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am Blue Owl
  • Score: -2

5:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

bygeorge says...

All of the traffic jams while building the new roundabout is only a taste of what is to come when the building starts on Hinkley "C" !.
All of the traffic jams while building the new roundabout is only a taste of what is to come when the building starts on Hinkley "C" !. bygeorge
  • Score: -1

7:25am Fri 20 Jun 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !!
We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated .
It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures.
WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!!
I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass
David L Preece
Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am
Morning Dave,

Maybe this says more about you and your arrogant, unpleasant attitude than your ego will allow itself to think?
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !! We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated . It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures. WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!! I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass David L Preece Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am[/p][/quote]Morning Dave, Maybe this says more about you and your arrogant, unpleasant attitude than your ego will allow itself to think? freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 16

1:59pm Fri 20 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !! We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated . It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures. WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!! I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass David L Preece Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am
and why not use the opportunity to post a link then????
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Until, the residents of Bridgwater, get of their Perverbial Backsides and Actually sign the epetition that I instigated 6 months ago. Yes 6 Months !! We need 100,000 Esignaures to get this matter re-looked @ and re-evaluated . It is clear that EDF and SCC, think it is not a requirement, well I and many others disagree, with only so far a dissapointing 250-390 e -signatures. WHY Has Not the Bridgwater Mercury got behind this Campaign for the Bridgwater Bypass, they always like to jump on " Band Wagons " Claiming it was us that Done It !!!! I will ask again direct to Alex the Editor in Tauntons Mercury HQ, please help Garnish the E Signatures That are required to at least start the Debate, for the Much wanted and Needed Bridgwater By -Pass David L Preece Blue -Owl / Night-Owl 2.30 am[/p][/quote]and why not use the opportunity to post a link then???? swjoduk
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

swjoduk says...

Tried Googling the petition and the only one that comes up regarding a bypass for Bridgwater is the one from 2011
Tried Googling the petition and the only one that comes up regarding a bypass for Bridgwater is the one from 2011 swjoduk
  • Score: -2

3:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bob160 says...

Please can you add a link for the e petition?
Please can you add a link for the e petition? bob160
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Sat 21 Jun 14

LookingForLiars says...

Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously.
Just hope your not in the way !
Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously. Just hope your not in the way ! LookingForLiars
  • Score: 0

6:57pm Sat 21 Jun 14

MikeTheKnight says...

LookingForLiars wrote:
Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously.
Just hope your not in the way !
Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer".
[quote][p][bold]LookingForLiars[/bold] wrote: Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously. Just hope your not in the way ![/p][/quote]Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer". MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Sat 21 Jun 14

bygeorge says...

MikeTheKnight wrote:
LookingForLiars wrote:
Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously.
Just hope your not in the way !
Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer".
Trouble is, the innocent one's that are taken with them !.
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheKnight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LookingForLiars[/bold] wrote: Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously. Just hope your not in the way ![/p][/quote]Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer".[/p][/quote]Trouble is, the innocent one's that are taken with them !. bygeorge
  • Score: 4

12:41pm Sun 22 Jun 14

blackmasquerade says...

bygeorge wrote:
MikeTheKnight wrote:
LookingForLiars wrote:
Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously.
Just hope your not in the way !
Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer".
Trouble is, the innocent one's that are taken with them !.
As for idiots who take unnecessary risks then I care not what happens to them but sadly have to agree it is often the innocent that get caught up & invariably come off worse.
[quote][p][bold]bygeorge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MikeTheKnight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LookingForLiars[/bold] wrote: Just a predication about the new roundabout. Boy racers driving towards Cannington will clip the left hand kerb that sticks out , and barrel roll through the hedge on the right hand side. Oh and Artic's drivers obviously. Just hope your not in the way ![/p][/quote]Let them. If one of their mates is killed by being a prat it'll make them think twice about being a "racer".[/p][/quote]Trouble is, the innocent one's that are taken with them !.[/p][/quote]As for idiots who take unnecessary risks then I care not what happens to them but sadly have to agree it is often the innocent that get caught up & invariably come off worse. blackmasquerade
  • Score: 1

4:15pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bygeorge says...

I have heard that a lorry has lost concrete blocks on the new roundabout already !.
I have heard that a lorry has lost concrete blocks on the new roundabout already !. bygeorge
  • Score: -1

8:33am Wed 25 Jun 14

bygeorge says...

There is still traffic jams caused by this new roundabout because it can't cope with the volume of traffic !!
There is still traffic jams caused by this new roundabout because it can't cope with the volume of traffic !! bygeorge
  • Score: 1

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