ESSENTIAL work to refurbish and upgrade a set of traffic signals is set to start from next month. 

Wiltshire Council is undertaking what it has described as "essential work" to the signals on the Box Fiveways junction on the A365/B3109 from Monday, June 13 to Friday, July 1.

The work will see the traffic signals upgraded with the latest technology, which will allow for remote monitoring and adjustments to the signal timings to effectively manage traffic flows.

At the same time, the streetlights in the area will be upgraded to LEDs, the junction area will be resurfaced, and new road markings and road studs will be installed on the five roads that adjoin the junction located between Bradford on Avon and Corsham, Melksham and Box, and the Kingsdown Road.

The Kingsdown Road will be closed for the duration of the scheme and a signed diversion route will be in place.

The remainder of the junction operates under four-way temporary traffic lights to ensure the safety of the contractor and highway users alike.

Night-time road closures of the whole junction area will be in operation for the resurfacing work, people should expect delays and are advised to follow the signed diversion routes on the A365, B3109 and C48 Kingsdown Road.

Councillor Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience or delays caused by these works, but this is an essential upgrade to the traffic lights, the current signals have been in place for more than 20 years and are no longer fit for purpose. Maintaining equipment of this age is becoming increasingly difficult.

“Resurfacing the road and installing LED street lighting at the same time makes good sense and is good use of our resources. We are making the road safer for all users and avoiding the need for further closures in future years, helping to minimise disruption to nearby residents and highway users.

“We are committed to investing in Wiltshire’s roads, and this upgrade project is part of our £22.9m programme of works this financial year.”

To find out more about these works and the diversions, and to find out more about road works and closures in Wiltshire, click here.