Bath & North East Somerset Council to use solar tech to improve safety of rural road

Bath & North East Somerset Council is making a rural bend safer for motorists by carrying out multiple safety improvements and essential resurfacing works. 

Safety improvements will be made to the Hogwood bend along the B3110 between Midford and Hinton Charterhouse. The works will include the installation of solar powered road studs, high friction surfacing, replacing existing road signs and installing additional road signs to warn motorists of the upcoming bend in the road. 

120 solar power road studs are set to be installed, which will illuminate the approach to a bend in the road, giving advanced warning to approaching motorists and will be the first time this method has been used by Bath and North East Somerset Council. The road studs greatly increase the visibility of the upcoming road and will give approaching motorists more time to adjust to the road conditions.

The works will take place under a full road closure between 7pm – 7am, between 22- 26th May. The council will utilise the road closure to carry out resurfacing works and vegetation clearance, with a total 8,480m² of highway being brought back to a high standard, an area equivalent to 32 tennis courts.

Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader, Bath & North East Somerset Liberal Democrat Group said: “Keeping our highway network safe for everyone is a priority, and we look at all the options available to help us achieve this. The bend at Midford Hill is a great example of a location where these solar powered road studs can be used effectively to increase safety.”

“We’re glad we could carry out resurfacing works to the highway at the same as this will minimise disruption for residents and motorists that use the road regularly.”

Diversion routes for traffic will be in place and advanced notices have been positioned along the route to warn road users of the closure. The council is advising motorists plan any journeys to the area ahead of time to avoid delays.


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