SOMERSET Council has revealed it is 'a step closer' to beginning works to upgrade Bridgwater's Dunball Roundabout, next to J23 on the M5.

This week, the council started the process of identifying a contractor to carry out the work, which is expected to start later this year.

Once complete, the upgrades should help manage peak time traffic flow, enable growth and development in the area and reduce the likelihood of traffic blocking back on to the motorway in future. 

The planned upgrades include will see an upgraded roundabout with traffic lights after a successful bid for Levelling Up Funds from the Government.

The plan will also see better pedestrian and cycling access as part the council’s efforts to better active travel and links into Bridgwater. 

As well as a contribution from the Government’s Levelling Up fund, the scheme has been funded jointly by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Bridgwater Town Deal and National Highways. 

Councillor Richard Wilkins, Lead Member for Transport and Digital said: “This is an important project at a very busy interchange. Sometimes there are significant delays for road users during peak times, and it is also very difficult to access for pedestrians and cyclists.  

“Delivering a new improved intersection at Dunball is vital for Bridgwater’s continued growth and development.”