Three weeks of roadworks begin on the busy A37 at Pensford on Monday 11th February, which will see the northbound lane closed at times and traffic diverted via Keynsham and Brislington.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is carrying out a series of improvements through the village aimed at slowing traffic and enhancing facilities for pedestrians. It follows a long campaign to improve road safety.
The closure will affect New Road/Pensford Hill from the Chelwood roundabout to the junction with B3130 Belluton Narrows. The alternative route is the A368 – A39 – A39 Bath Road – A39 Wells Road – A4 Bristol Road – A4 Bath Road – A4 Keynsham Bypass – A4 Bath Road – West Town Lane – A4174 Callington Road – A4174 Wootton Park – A37 Wells Road – A37 Bristol Road.
The diversion route for the road closure is enormous because of the heavy goods vehicles that use the A37.
Work will be carried out off peak to keep the village open during the busy rush hours. The first and third week of the works will have traffic lights. The road closure will be in the second week, beginning 18th February.
This week local councillor Paul May said he was delighted that the work was being done. A letter explaining what’s happening will be going to every home in the village along with a pass so residents can get in and out during the closure.
He says disruption will be bad for people travelling through the village and the length of the diversion probably means a risk of people using local roads.
Working hours will be from 9.30am to 3.30pm. The work includes new wider crossings for pedestrians above and below Station Approach. New kerbs lines will be laid on the entrance from Bristol to narrow the road, erecting a gateway design with contrasting paving colour. There will be two Give Way markings coming down the road, giving the uphill traffic the right of way. This will slow the traffic coming down.
There will also be measures to deter vehicles from mounting pavements, more pavement space will be created outside the school entrance and a new pedestrian refuge island will serve the bus stops near the junction with Short Lane.
A vehicle activated-sign is also going to be put in on Old Road in the village where there is a 20mph limit.