Update on Station Road, Backwell

Dear all,
You may have observed the contractor has been unable to complete some of the works proposed for this week.
The small raised table between Moor Lane and Waverley Road junctions and all the speed cushions are incomplete. The material was supposed to be delivered at 9.30am but the first load of asphalt concrete turned up at 12.15pm. This is a combination of plant breakdown / quarry, impact on other regional deliveries and Friday traffic. One option was to extent the closure today up until the works were completed but due to an accident on the M5 presenting additional traffic on the A370 and no guarantee on material slot it was not progressed.
North Somerset do not wish to prolong or promote any further closures, and so the Contractor will complete the above surfacing elements utilising portable temporary traffic lights between school hours next Monday and Tuesday. Any outstanding lining will be picked up later in the week.
Works will continue most of the week on the footpaths under temporary lights to install tactile paving at mobility crossing points and where footpath resurfacing is scheduled. The traffic signals at Backwell shuttle will be installed and commissioned over the week with loop cutting programmed on the evening of Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm utilising temporary lights and stop/go boards.
I can only apologise for the delays and thank you for bearing with me whilst the contractor completes the final works.
The end is in sight.
Best regards,
James Dawson, Highway Engineer, North Somerset Council 



The Parish Council have been trying to reduce speeding in Backwell and traffic calming measures (including a 20mph speed limit) are being installed into Station Road at present. In addition we have had a “Vehicle Activated Sign” in Rodney Road for a few weeks. On 28 August 2018 the sign was moved to Dark Lane where, as well as warning drivers, it will generate data on speeding both before and after the start of the school term. We expect the sign to be there for 2-3 weeks.

Information obtained from the sign and its possible location later in the year will be presented at the next Full Council Meeting.

Station Road Update: 24 Aug 2018

Dear all,
Another Friday evening update.
I really do appreciate you bearing with us whilst we complete the works. It has been a bit of a headache this week in terms of access due to the nature of the works and narrowness of the road. I have received a lot of queries and I am doing my best to relay the information I get from our Contractor.
Please find below details for the coming week under the road closure.
Mon (27th Aug) – No works Bank Holiday
Tues (28th) – Carriageway resurfacing along Station Road between The A370 – The Crescent
Wed/Thur (29th/30th) – Resurfacing of all bellmouths along Station Road (Station Close/Moor Lane/Waverley Road/Amberlands Close/Backwell Common/Westfield Road/The Crescent/Meadow Close/Embercourt Drive)
Wed/Thur (29th/30th) – Construction of 3no. speed tables at Waverley Road/Moor Lane and Embercourt Drive
Fri (31st) – Construction of 14no. speed cushions and refresh all road markings
Thur/Fri (30th/31st) – Cleaning out all the gullies
Trenching and ducting for the traffic signals near the railway bridge, adjusting kerbs, laying tactiles at drop crossings, replacing ironwork, installing posts and signs for the 20mph (Tue 28th Aug – Fri 7th Sept – the first week in September will be back to temporary traffic lights).
I appreciate the works may cause some inconvenience. We want to do a thorough job, which will hopefully mean not returning for 10+ years.
The programme is tight but the contractor has assured us they will do their upmost to complete all necessary works within the remaining programme.
As always if you have any queries, the Traffic Marshals on-site will have the most up-to-date information on the exact whereabouts of the contractor each day and best points of access.
I will endeavour to update you all again next week.
Enjoy the long weekend – it has been a long week.
Kind regards,
James Dawson
Highway Engineer
Engineering and Design
Development & Environment

Roadworks July/August 2018

Replacement of cats eyes on the A38 (South Bristol Link to Downside Road)

Works to install all cars eye from the South Bristol Link Roundabout to Downside Road will commence on Monday 30th July and are expected to take 3 nights to complete. The works will be completed under 2-way traffic management. Working hours for the site will be 19:00-05:00.


Drainage Repairs on Downside Road

Works to repair 2  damaged gullies on Downside Road will be completed under 2-way traffic lights over the weekend of the 4th/5th August (Working hours for the site will be during the day 8am-5pm).

NSC Press release re Station Road works commencing 30th July 2018

Improvements to Backwell’s Station Road


A major £250,000 road safety and improvement scheme will start on Station Road, Backwell on Monday 30 July.


Programmed during the school holiday to minimise disruption, the scheme will include road resurfacing, safety improvements, new speed limits and traffic signal refurbishment.


The works are being carried out in conjunction with Backwell Parish Council to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists through the village including those travelling to and from nearby infant and secondary schools.


The new speed limits include a 20mph limit on a length of Station Road, and a 30mph limit on a length of Backwell Common which will be introduced in conjunction with speed cushions and raised tables.


New road markings and signs, improved bus stop access and informal crossing facilities will also be introduced.


The four-week scheme, which is due to be finished by Friday 24 August, will be completed between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday starting on Monday 30 July. Temporary traffic lights will be used for the first and fourth weeks.


A road closure during the same working hours will be used for the two weeks beginning Monday 6 and Monday 13 August. The diversion route will be via Nailsea, Wraxall, Cambridge Batch and vice versa.


Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for roads said: “This is a major scheme that will improve road safety in Backwell as well as completing other highway improvements at the same time.


“We appreciate that the temporary road closure during working hours may cause some inconvenience but the long-term benefits to the local area will outweigh this.”


Find out what’s happening on North Somerset’s roads at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks