WORK to upgrade traffic lights at a busy Salisbury junction will get underway next month – lasting three weeks.
Wiltshire Council will be starting work to replace and upgrade lights at Harnham Gyratory, the junction of the A338, A354 and A3094, south of Salisbury city centre, on April 17.
The work, which is expected to last for up to three weeks, will see the existing traffic equipment replaced with new and improved signals, aimed at improving traffic flows at the busy junction.
During the first two days of the work, temporary lights will be in place; these will then be replaced by new, more advanced signals that will be programmed to improve traffic flows and minimise delays.
Once the work is complete, the timing of the new lights will be based on up-to-date traffic models.
Cllr Caroline Thomas, cabinet member for transport at the council, said: “We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by these works to improve the traffic lights at this key Salisbury junction. Some of the work will take place at night to minimise disruption.
“The current signals have been in place for more than 20 years, and they need to be updated, along with associated cabling work, to take advantage of new technology which can use data on traffic volumes. This will significantly improve traffic flows and improve journey time reliability.
“The lights are essential to control both safe traffic movements and to ensure pedestrians and cyclists can use and cross the busy junction safely.
“A key priority in our Business Plan is to have well-connected communities, and this vital work will help us to deliver on that goal.”