Work to improve busy commuter road to cost £400k

PUBLISHED: 16:59 07 November 2018

Beggar Bush Lane will see its speed limit reduced. Picture: Google

Beggar Bush Lane will see its speed limit reduced. Picture: Google


A major scheme to improve a busy road in Failand will begin in two weeks time.

The £400,000 scheme for Beggar Bush Lane will start on November 19 and is due to last three weeks.

Works will include resurfacing, drainage clearing, sign updates, road marking upgrades and litter picking.

Improvements will be carried out on a 3.2km stretch using a road closure between 8am and 5pm from November 19 to 23, with possible Saturday work if required.

The work is not being carried out at night due to the low temperatures which can cause problems with resurfacing.

Various diversion routes and signs will be in place during the road closure depending on the weight of the vehicle.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for roads, said the scheme demonstrated the authority’s ‘ongoing commitment to investing in the road network’.

He said: “Investment in roads continues to be high on our agenda and we remain committed to maintaining and improving roads across North Somerset.

“This is a busy commuter route for many people and the scheme will result in a new road surface which will last around 20 years.

“The road closure will also provide the opportunity to carry out other essential maintenance at the same time making the most effective use of the road closure.”

Wraxall and Failand Parish Council has been working closely with the authority to improve road conditions in both villages.

Beggar Bush Lane’s speed limit was reduced from the national limit to 50mph in June.

Vehicle activated signs are due to be installed in Wraxall before winter to discourage motorists from driving too fast down narrow country lanes.

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