The Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) is a new road being built in Bridgwater to provide access into the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the South. The new road will run in a southerly direction from Parrett Way to Marsh Lane with a new roundabout at the existing Marsh Lane/Showground Road junction.
Why are we doing this work?
The CLSAR is of primary importance to traffic flow in Bridgwater and will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by providing alternative access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the south.
It will also open up brownfield development sites between the River Parrett and the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal to support the delivery of employment land.
You can find out more about the background to this scheme at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/schemes-and-initiatives/colley-lane-southern-access-road-bridgwater/
The scheme involves:
The construction of a new bridge over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal
The construction of a new bridge over the River Parrett
The provision of a roundabout at the Showground Road / Marsh Lane junction
The construction of 840 metres of new carriageway
The widening / realigning of 100 metres of existing road
The provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities
The provision of 4 junctions, incorporating 'right turning' lanes, where appropriate, to maintain / enhance existing access arrangements.
The £18.4m Colley Lane scheme will be funded by developer contributions from EDF S106 contributions, £9.38m from housing developers S106 contributions, £3m from DfT Productivity Investment Fund and up to £4m from the Somerset County Council capital programme.
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Consultation and public engagement
Now the scheme is underway there will be regular contact with the community, including letters to residents and businesses.
A dedicated Public Liaison Officer (PLO), Bryan Harper has been appointed by the contractor for the project who will maintain and develop this website, to inform of future work, progress and traffic management.
An initial newsletter will be downloadable on the project website and placed on noticeboards at key locations. Here the public will be able to view the scheme drawings and receive up to date information about progress.
Construction started on 4 April 2018 on the area north of the River Parrett. Check the Latest News section for updates.
The project will be completed by Autumn 2019.
The Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) 18-month programme will be split into various phased stages to minimise the disruption to traffic, residents and businesses. During the course of the project, regular updates of progress and upcoming works will be highlighted on the project website and through local notice boards at key locations in Bridgwater, along with drop in sessions and other media sources.
While the works are planned in a sequential manner, some flexibility is always required in case works areas need to change to maintain momentum and avoid undue delays.
The first steps will be to set up the Contractors Site Facilities and site compound site in the area off Marsh Lane on the north side of the canal. This will be followed by establishing site boundary fencing, trial hole investigation works on the route of the new carriageway. These works will not impede traffic flows and there will be minimal disruption on the main routes in Bridgwater.
Further updates will be issued as work progresses, particularly as works locations change or when new phases are due to begin.Details of the programme and commencement of each section will be displayed at the drop-ins, community website, and newsletters and noticeboards. Efforts will also be made to use the internet and social media to keep people informed.
The project has been registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) which aims to improve the image of the construction industry. Construction sites voluntarily register with the scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The contractor’s performance will be monitored and scored by an independent assessor against this Code to identify good practice and areas for improvement.
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Most of the new road is being built offline so construction work is not expected to create any major impact on traffic in or around the town. There will be periods of traffic management on Marsh Lane / Showground Road while the new roundabout is built. Details of these will be publicised in advance. If you have any questions or concerns, please come to one of the drop-in events or contact Bryan Harper, the dedicated Public Liaison Officer, via the contact details below.
We will ensure access to properties and rights of way are maintained at all times
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