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Upgrade to busy Bridgwater roundabout won’t begin until early-2025

Upgrade to busy Bridgwater roundabout won’t begin until early-2025

One of Bridgwater’s busiest road junctions won’t be upgraded until early-2025.

The Cross Rifles roundabout links the A38 from Highbridge and Taunton to the A39 from Glastonbury and The Clink, which links to one of Bridgwater’s busiest commercial sites and leads into the town centre. Somerset County Council secured just over £10m from the government’s levelling up fund in late-2021 to upgrade the ‘Bridgwater northern corridor’, which includes both the Cross Rifles and Dunball roundabouts.

But while the Dunball scheme is already under way, motorists using the Cross Rifles roundabout will have to wait at least another 18 months before work at that location can commence. The roundabout is named after the pub on its northern side, which in turn takes its name from the Monmouth Rebellion on 1685, wherein the Duke of Monmouth led a rebellion among Protestant lords in the West Country in a bid to depose the Catholic king, James II.

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The roundabout is narrow and frequently congested, with limited walking and cycling provision. The A38 Broadway – which leads into the roundabout from the south – is currently being upgraded by Somerset Council as part of its rolling traffic signal replacement programme, with work on the £1.7m scheme expected to conclude at the end of June.

The council has not published any initial designs for the Cross Rifles upgrade – though it is likely, given the signalisation of the Dunball roundabout, that a similar scheme may be implemented to ease traffic flow to and from the M5. A spokesman said: “This is a complex scheme which involves the acquisition of land in the immediate area. Work is ongoing to progress this and involves several parties.

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“We’re not able to outline costs at this point as land negotiation can be a difficult process and is subject to variables depending on agreements reached. We can confirm that we have received just under £5m from the government’s levelling up fund, and a further £2m was allocated from Hinkley Point C and the north-east Bridgwater developments.”

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  • June 25, 2023