MAJOR changes to traffic lights at a busy Wellington thoroughfare are starting this evening.

The changes will revamp one of the main routes in Wellington - the junction of Taunton Road, High Street and Longforth Road - in a bid to help traffic flow.

As well as changing the phasing of lights at the intersection, a right-turn lane will be added from High Street in a bid to improve junction capacity.

The system is set to come into use on May 3 and the work is being co-ordinated with essential resurfacing, delivered under a road closure.

The work will take place between 6.30pm and 11.30pm, with a diversion in place.

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Traffic on the main road approaches will now operate together with right turn traffic heading towards Longforth Road and Waitrose, giving way to ahead movements.

A new right turn arrow will also be introduced when travelling to Longforth Road.

Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “While we’ve already carried out much of the key work needed on Longforth road, we’ve had to wait for sufficient road space to get the junction improvement completed.

"We’ll be working closely with all those affected to keep disruption to a minimum.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the scheme, call 0300 123 2224 or email