£250,000 improvements to Backwell’s Station Road

A major £250,000 road safety and improvement scheme will begin on Station Road in Backwell later this month, North Somerset Council has said.

Programmed to start on 30 July during the school holiday to “minimise disruption”, the scheme will include road resurfacing, safety improvements, new speed limits, and traffic signal refurbishment.

A council spokesperson said: “The works are being carried out in conjunction with Backwell Parish Council to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists through the village including those travelling to and from nearby infant and secondary schools.

“The new speed limits include a 20mph limit on a length of Station Road, and a 30mph limit on a length of Backwell Common, which will be introduced in conjunction with speed cushions and raised tables.

“New road markings and signs, improved bus stop access, and informal crossing facilities will also be introduced.”

Station Road, Backwell, from Nailsea and Backwell railway station – image copyright: Jaggery
The south west end of Backwell Common, Backwell – image copyright: Jaggery

The four-week scheme, which is due to be finished by 24 August 2018, will be completed between 08:30 and 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Temporary traffic lights will be used for the first and fourth weeks.

A road closure during the same working hours will be used for the two-weeks beginning 6 and 13 August.

The diversion route will be via Nailsea, Wraxall, Cambridge Batch, and vice versa.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for roads, said: “This is a major scheme that will improve road safety in Backwell as well as completing other highway improvements at the same time.

“We appreciate that the temporary road closure during working hours may cause some inconvenience but the long-term benefits to the local area will outweigh this.”

You can find out more information on North Somerset’s roads on the council’s website.

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