28 May 2024

Wiltshire Council awarded £580,000 to upgrade traffic lights in the county

Wiltshire Council has been awarded £584,521.45 from the Department for Transport’s Traffic Signal Obsolescence Grant fund to improve traffic signals in the county.

The funding will be spent on improving infrastructure with traffic lights, including signalled traffic junctions and pedestrian crossings.

Cllr Nick Holder, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We’re delighted to receive this additional funding that will be spent on improving and replacing traffic signals throughout the county.

“We haven’t yet decided on the specific sites that this funding will be used for, but we are planning to improve approximately 30 sets of traffic lights, from simple upgrades such as renewing the monitoring equipment through to full-scale replacements of lights that have reached their end of life.

“In our Business Plan, we have committed to having well-connected communities, and this funding will help us to install the latest equipment to help us meet that goal and ensure we have traffic signal assets that will last for many years to come.

“Our officers will now look to create a forward plan of improvements and upgrades, as we have until March 2026 to complete this work.”

This is the second significant grant the council has received from DfT to upgrade traffic lights, as it was awarded £500,000 in 2021, with a significant amount of that funding being used to upgrade five crossings on the A3012 in Royal Wootton Bassett.

To find out more about the TSOG grants, people should go to: Traffic Signal Obsolescence Grant and Green Light Fund allocations – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns