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Work to start on new bus lane for busy Somerset commuter route

Work to start on new bus lane for busy Somerset commuter route

Work on installing a new bus lane on a busy route through North Somerset is due to start next month. The work will see a section of the A369 at Beggar Bush Lane widened to make way for the new lane for buses heading towards the M5.

The left hand lane turn on the A369 will be adjusted to make way for the new lane. New ‘smart’ traffic lights will also be installed to detect and prioritise buses and three crossing points installed for pedestrians and cyclists on the A369.

Beggar Bush Lane has been identified as a pinch point along the popular X4 bus route, which serves Portishead, Portbury and Easton-in-Gordano passengers travelling direct to and from Bristol. Council bosses say the changes will offer a speedier and more reliable service during peak times, resulting in a significant time saving along the entire network for the X4.

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The road works will start at the end of July and will take approximately nine weeks with a short break during the Bristol Balloon Fiesta. Works will mostly be undertaken at night and outside peak hours to minimise disruption.

North Somerset Council executive member for highways and transport, Councillor Hannah Young, said: “The bus lane improvements will have a positive effect on the entire network allowing more buses to run, reducing journey times and increasing reliability of the service making the bus a more attractive option for commuters and other passengers.

“The new Beggar Bush Lane crossing points will also make it easier and safer for those travelling by bike or on foot to cross an extremely busy road. With so many feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis, I hope that together these changes will also make it easier for people to choose to save money by leaving the car at home.”

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  • June 25, 2023