Pedestrian safety improvements

Yatton High Street

NSC consulted on a package of planned improvements for Yatton High Street in 2021. A summary d also share a consultation summary document and schedule of works

We spent a lot of time reading through the 500+ responses and submissions to further tweak the final scheme. I hope we will be able to start on the works in November 2022 .

To recap, the aims of the package for Yatton are as follows:

  • improve safety and perceptions of safety for people walking, cycling and other forms of active travel between North End and Yatton village centre, including trips to and from school.
  • increase the proportion of journeys made by active, lower-carbon ways (such as walking, cycling and scooting) within Yatton, particularly from new developments at North End;
  • ensure the new developments at North End contribute to the improvement of the village as a safe, active and attractive place to live, work, learn and visit.

We consulted on proposals to:

  • introduce a 20mph speed limit to slow vehicle speeds and improve road safety
  • widen footways at narrow pinch points through the High Street
  • improve crossing points for pedestrians
  • provide a new access into the primary school through the Co-op car park (subject to agreement with landowners)
  • other minor alterations of signage, gullies and bus stops to facilitate the works
  • realign the Cherry Grove and Well Lane junctions with Stowey Road as part of the school pedestrian and cycle zone.

Last updated: 29th October

The updated programme of works for next week is as follows:

  • Road closure (between 8:00pm and 5:00am) on Weds 3rd and (if needed) Thurs 4th November – overnight works to finish off re-marking the carriageway and installing the high friction surfacing (HFS) ready for the toucan crossing.

  • NSC contractors are hoping to finish all the lining and other work on Wednesday night, which will mean further ‘de-vegging’ works can be completed on Thursday night. However, they have allowed two days for lining in case the weather isn’t on their side again.

  • If the contractors need both Weds and Thurs to complete the lining and crossing prep work, the ‘de-vegging’ work will take place on Friday night. This will mainly be at the location of the toucan crossing on North End Road and around streetlights obstructed by branches between Wemberham Lane and the Arnolds Way roundabout. I have made NSC aware of the fireworks event taking place at Yatton RFC on Friday evening, so in the event of a closure, NSC will have marshals on site to escort any pedestrians through the works area. The NSC contractor will also not start work until it is deemed safe to do so – once stallholders have packed away and pedestrian footfall is at a minimum.


North End Road

There will be a full day & night closure of North End Road (B3133) from 6th-12th September. This may extend into a second week.

As you may have read, work on a £250,000 council scheme to improve the B3133 North End Road in Yatton begins on Monday 6th September.

The work will be carried out in three phases over six weeks to minimise disruption. North Somerset Council (NSC) is working alongside housing association and house-builder Curo on the first and last phase of the scheme.

Full road closure
Phase 1 of works requires full road closure during the day and night time to enable Curo to install a 60m foul rising main connection (from the new housing development at Eaton Park) into the existing Wessex Water sewer and construct a toucan crossing.

Curo will endeavour to deliver these works within one week. However, this may extend to up to two weeks (to Sunday 19th September) if there are any unforeseen issues.

While the road is closed, NSC will carry out as much of the preparation work for resurfacing as they can. I am particularly pleased that this work will include clearing the overgrown vegetation and detritus to claim back lost pavement width. This has been a priority for me for some time. It should make a significant difference for residents and will complement the substantial package of improvements for pedestrians we’re finalising for Yatton High Street (see below).

Lost width will be restored to footways

Additionally, NSC will… 

  • Repair, and where required resurface, any damaged sections of pavement
  • Replace damaged kerbs and ironworks throughout the area – including 15m of kerbing at the Ham Lane junction
  • Cleanse the highway drainage system
  • Install a tactile crossing point near the rugby club

Single-lane closure
Once NSC has finished its work (by Sunday 19th September), Curo will complete the sewer connection works using temporary two-way traffic lights for a further three weeks.

NSC will then return on Monday 11th October for phase three which will involve a five night (8:00pm to 6:00am) road closure to resurface the road and (hopefully) finalise the toucan crossing.

NSC will write to notify those residents most impacted by the overnight closure – probably w/c 13th September when we’ll have a bit more confidence about what work is left to complete. I will do my best to keep this page updated, too.

Toucan crossings can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians – The Highway Code

The different elements have been planned and scheduled in such a way to minimise disruption by carrying out as much work as possible during the road closure.

The joint closure will allow the noisier elements of the work to be completed during the day to minimise disruption to residents. It also means the road only has to be closed once during the scheme.

I’m in touch with the lead engineer and know that NSC has worked hard with Curo to share road space and reduce the amount of time we are working on the road as a result. I’m grateful for the collaborative way NSC officers, Curo and the respective contractors have worked together to benefit residents.

A diversion route will be in place and a traffic management system will give access to properties on the section of the road affected.

Will the 54 bus use the diversion route to Clevedon?

Unfortunately not. From 6th – 12th September the 54 bus (timetable) will terminate at North End and then wait its time at Yatton railway station before resuming service back towards Bristol Airport. While this is regrettable, diverting around the closure is not really an option. The X2 (timetable) will not be affected by the closure. Andy Fear of Citistar has also published a timetable change to the 128 on Thursday 9th September.

Will this affect Home to School Transport?

NSC officers have been working with the coach operators to make the necessary arrangements, which I understand to be in hand. 

Will there still be pedestrian access at North End?

NSC will maintain pedestrian access at all times during its works, although this may require special arrangements to get people through safely while work is taking place to footways. I’m double-checking pedestrian access will be available while Curo undertake their works.

Will I be able to use the roads over the moors?

Yes… and contrary to internet chatter, they will remain open to cars (and were never going to be closed). Please be courteous to other road users as these roads will likely be busy with diverted traffic.

I would urge all residents to be patient and understanding while these essential works and improvements are completed.