NORTH Somerset locals are being invited to have their say on plans to transform a busy junction.

As part of its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), North Somerset Council is looking into making a series of changes to the A38/A368 junction.

Under the concept designs now open for comment, the current crossroads, where the A38 and A368 meet between Langford and Churchill, would be converted into a new roundabout with traffic signals.

Here's some of the other features included in the proposals:

  • Smart signals at all four approaches to the roundabout, which give priority to buses (the signals on Dighurst Road will be part-time), with the A38 having priority;
  • Adding four controlled crossings on each arm of the roundabout, to offer safer access for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • Installing new pavements, making it safer for pedestrians;
  • Creating bus lanes on the north and southbound A38 approaches (Bristol Road and New Road);
  • Installing a northbound bus link with a bus gate, to allow buses travelling north on the A368 Dighurst Road to bypass the roundabout to join the A38;
  • Improving traffic flow, by reducing current traffic bottlenecks;
  • Mitigating for any potential changes in traffic flows from the new Banwell bypass, and possible future housing developments;
  • Installing new bus stops after Ladymead Lane.

It is hoped that these changes will reduce congestion and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.

The A38 is currently served by the 62, 125, and Falcon bus routes. One of the aims of the BSIP, which has been funded by the UK Government's Department for Transport (DfT), is to make improvements to key public transport routes.

Residents have until April 5 to share their feedback on the North Somerset Council website.

Cllr Hannah Young, executive member for Highways and Transport at North Somerset Council, said: “We’re keen to hear the views on our initial plans to improve the A38/A368 junction, particularly from the people who know and use these routes.

"The upgrades we’re proposing would help to address current delays by reducing queuing times for all traffic on all approaches, while, at the same time, increasing capacity to serve the growing demand for bus services into the future."

Roads Minister, Guy Opperman, said: “Local people deserve a modern, reliable, and affordable public transport system. I'm delighted to have worked alongside the local council and local MPs to give North Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority over £105 million to boost local bus services. 

“This is a fantastic result for passengers across North Somerset."