Motorists are being advised about a series of roadworks on the A37 in Pensford to address local concerns about pedestrian safety in the village.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is undertaking a series of much-sought after improvements through the village aimed at slowing traffic and enhancing facilities for pedestrians.
Because the road through the village is so narrow, maintaining safety during the works will require a combination of traffic management. From Monday 11 Feb to Sunday 17 Feb temporary traffic signals will be used, followed by a road closure Monday 18 Feb to Sunday 24 Feb. This will be followed by a further week of temporary traffic signals. All works will be carried out off peak between 9.30am-3.30pm. During the road closure a signed diversion route suitable for all traffic will be in place using the A368/A39/A4.
The works will include widening the two existing pedestrian refuge islands near the junction with Station Approach, narrowing two sections of the wider parts of the A37 to create ‘gateway’ points into the village, measures to deter vehicles from mounting pavements, creating more pavement space outside the school entrance and a new pedestrian refuge island to serve the bus stops near the junction with Short Lane.
The improvements follow previous safety works delivered on the route between Farrington Gurney and Whitchurch, under a pioneering approach by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s engineers to improve road safety along an entire road corridor. Consultation with residents, parish councillors, ward members and Avon & Somerset Police has resulted in the number of accidents along the eight- mile stretch of the road being cut by almost 50 per cent.
Councillor Paul May, Publow and Whitchurch, said: “I am pleased that the concerns of local residents have been listened to and that these much needed changes are taking place to ensure the safety of people going about their daily lives in Pensford. Although some disruption is unavoidable, the long term benefits will outweigh this very short inconvenience.”
Councillor Mark Shelford, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “This project is important to enable residents to feel safer in their village, particularly when taking their children to school. We will be working off peak to minimise disruption on this busy commuting route and although a road closure is necessary, we have scheduled this during the school half term holiday to reduce the impact on traffic.”