Wellington’s town centre problems with traffic flow could be coming to an end – but not until April next year. Gas mains work needs to be done along the High Street before work can begin at the Waitrose lights.
Somerset County Council has announced plans to install right-turn lanes along Wellington High Street to allow for two-way traffic flow and to keep vehicles moving for longer. The initial work will be for a trial period.
As the plans were announced Wellington town council heard from Waterloo Rd resident Graham Woodward about his proposals for a town centre one-way scheme utilising North St, Victoria Road and Longforth Rd. Councillors doubted the plans would ever be funded or approved by the county council but welcomed the new right-turn lanes.
“Although we are constrained by the geographical limitations of this location, we have designed a scheme which should improve traffic flows by adding short right turn lanes and changing the phasing of the traffic lights,” said the Highways Dept at SCC.
County Cllr John Thorne said: “These improvements are long overdue, because I personally showed the county council back in 2009 how they could put in right-hand turning lanes at the Waitrose traffic lights.
“We should not have had to suffer eight years of traffic jam misery, but at least it is now finally going to happen.
“Everybody who uses the town centre should feel the benefit of this project, because it is not just motorists stuck in traffic who are affected.
“People walking have difficulty crossing the road when vehicles become stranded on the pedestrian crossings at the town centre crossroads, and we all have to breathe in noxious exhaust fumes.”