Green light for Mile End crossroads upgrade

 

Gloucestershire County Council highways crews will be installing traffic lights to Mile End Crossroads, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean this autumn.

There will be temporary traffic lights and intermittent road closures between 10 September and 16 November so improvement works can take place. The crossroads of Edge End Road, Mile End Road, Woodgate Road and Main Road will have new traffic lights installed including a pedestrian crossing. The junction and Wood Road will also be resurfaced as part of the scheme.

The Mile End scheme started earlier this year when a 30mph speed limit was introduced, and recently new street lights were installed to help light up the junction.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for road safety at Gloucestershire County Council said, “The Mile End scheme reflects how our £150 million investment into highways will go towards improving the safety of our counties roads. The road closures will mean some disruption, but in the long run the junction will be safer and more accessible to pedestrians. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important work.”

Cllr Carole Allaway Martin, local member for Coleford, said, “I am really pleased to see this work progressing. This junction is in need of safety improvements, so slower speeds, better lighting and now traffic signals should help significantly.”

There will be four-way temporary traffic management from 10 September for about two months.

Additional road closures will allow crews to safely install the traffic lights, construct a crossing and resurface the junction. The whole junction will be closed on:

  • 17 September and 28 September (24hr closure)
  • Late October for resurfacing – dates will be confirmed at least two weeks before the work starts

Please note that the dates are subject to change and advance notice boards will be updated with any changes.

There will be signed diversion routes which are suitable for HGVs, however these will vary depending on which roads are closed and residents may know shorter routes. Please allow extra time for your journeys through the area, or avoid Mile End if possible.