The Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) is a proposal to construct a new carriageway 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. The estimated cost of the scheme is £11 million. The proposals are being funded through contribution towards transport infrastructure in South Bridgwater, secured through legal agreements with developers.
The Bridgwater Transport Study identifies the CLSAR as being of primary importance to the re-routing of traffic in Bridgwater. The Colley Lane Industrial Estate can only be accessed from the A38 north of the estate. This means vehicles approaching the estate from the south must pass the A38 Taunton Road and Broadway, before turning back south into the estate via Salmon Parade.
The provision of the CLSAR will enable vehicles from the south to enter and exit the estate without passing along Broadway and Taunton Road.
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 CLSAR will provide a link for heavy goods vehicles to gain access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate, from Junction 24 of the M5 motorway.
The CLSAR will also improve the access to areas of land between the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and the River Parrett, as well as the area between the River Parrett and the southern units of the Colley Lane Estate.
Significant work has been carried out in readiness for the start of the Colley Lane development. This is a substantial project, whereby Somerset County Council has been in talks with landowners and stakeholders over several years to reach final agreement on the way forward. Currently finalising land purchasing and some way into the procurement process for appointing the contractor, works are set to be underway as soon as possible.
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Somerset County Council
Contact no: 0300 123 2224