Accident on M5 creates traffic jam

This is The West Country: Accident on M5 creates traffic jam Accident on M5 creates traffic jam

TRAFFIC is backed up on the M5 outside Bridgwater between junctions 22 and 24 after an accident around 11am.

A spokesperson from the Highways Agency said: "There was a three car shunt but it's all been moved onto the hard shoulder now."

Nobody was injured in the accident and the motorway should return to regular service soon.

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2:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme.
As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend....
That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present.
Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!!
We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !!
David L Preece
davidpreece2@aol.co.
uk
Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme. As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend.... That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present. Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!! We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !! David L Preece davidpreece2@aol.co. uk Blue Owl
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Stu_B says...

Completely irrelevant to an accident on the M5...
Completely irrelevant to an accident on the M5... Stu_B
  • Score: -5

4:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

lordgodalmighty says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme.
As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend....
That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present.
Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!!
We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !!
David L Preece
davidpreece2@aol.co.

uk
By the time hinkley c is built, climate change will have rendered the site several metres under water !
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme. As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend.... That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present. Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!! We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !! David L Preece davidpreece2@aol.co. uk[/p][/quote]By the time hinkley c is built, climate change will have rendered the site several metres under water ! lordgodalmighty
  • Score: 3

9:30pm Thu 2 Jan 14

theyardy says...

10 years ago I moved to within a quarter mile of junction 23 of the M5.
Ever since then I have noted with boring regularity the accidents between J25 & J17.
Is the accident rate of this stretch of M/way Typical of all of our motorways or is there something wrong with the design of this stretch of M/way,or is it the drivers who are used to driving on roads designed for horse n carts, that can't manage anything above walking pace.
10 years ago I moved to within a quarter mile of junction 23 of the M5. Ever since then I have noted with boring regularity the accidents between J25 & J17. Is the accident rate of this stretch of M/way Typical of all of our motorways or is there something wrong with the design of this stretch of M/way,or is it the drivers who are used to driving on roads designed for horse n carts, that can't manage anything above walking pace. theyardy
  • Score: 1

1:43am Fri 3 Jan 14

Three Pots Derek says...

theyardy wrote:
10 years ago I moved to within a quarter mile of junction 23 of the M5.
Ever since then I have noted with boring regularity the accidents between J25 & J17.
Is the accident rate of this stretch of M/way Typical of all of our motorways or is there something wrong with the design of this stretch of M/way,or is it the drivers who are used to driving on roads designed for horse n carts, that can't manage anything above walking pace.
Well said. As I have said before all drivers should have Motorway training as it is not like any other road. I passed my Test some years ago (as a Police Cadet in the late 1960's) the day following my Test I had to undergo one whole day of Motorway driving. I am thoroughly glad I had this training and feel all new drivers SHOULD HAVE MOTORWAY TRAINING!

Also well said Blue Owl although not relevent to this article He is correct.
[quote][p][bold]theyardy[/bold] wrote: 10 years ago I moved to within a quarter mile of junction 23 of the M5. Ever since then I have noted with boring regularity the accidents between J25 & J17. Is the accident rate of this stretch of M/way Typical of all of our motorways or is there something wrong with the design of this stretch of M/way,or is it the drivers who are used to driving on roads designed for horse n carts, that can't manage anything above walking pace.[/p][/quote]Well said. As I have said before all drivers should have Motorway training as it is not like any other road. I passed my Test some years ago (as a Police Cadet in the late 1960's) the day following my Test I had to undergo one whole day of Motorway driving. I am thoroughly glad I had this training and feel all new drivers SHOULD HAVE MOTORWAY TRAINING! Also well said Blue Owl although not relevent to this article He is correct. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 2

8:33am Fri 3 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Three Pots Derek, I have learnt over a number of years now, that the only way that it is possible to get your thoughts on matters, into the Public Arena, so as to encourage further debate, is to Broaden any Post's that you can!!!
As you will see on the Mercury Web Site, there are three or four times as many items read, and Supposidly emailed to Commented on!! This way the Editorial Staff @ the Mercury can limit the Stories for which you can contribute to.......
Likewise you will also note that, when there is a possibility to add your say, there is a bank of also stories between the Post you are to comment on and the box to where you post, so if you are accessing from a iPhone rather than IPad or Computor it is more difficult to read and access......
So I do not Apologise for going " Off Piste " as it's the only way to raise issues that the Mercury will not Print, or Post when I write to the PostBag or The Editor, as being an Conserative Ex Councillor, and as we are well aware of the Papers Political Alliances to the Left.
Now that there is only the one Local Rag, for Bridgwater, freedom of the Press is certainly stifled ........Happy New Year !!!!!
Three Pots Derek, I have learnt over a number of years now, that the only way that it is possible to get your thoughts on matters, into the Public Arena, so as to encourage further debate, is to Broaden any Post's that you can!!! As you will see on the Mercury Web Site, there are three or four times as many items read, and Supposidly emailed to Commented on!! This way the Editorial Staff @ the Mercury can limit the Stories for which you can contribute to....... Likewise you will also note that, when there is a possibility to add your say, there is a bank of also stories between the Post you are to comment on and the box to where you post, so if you are accessing from a iPhone rather than IPad or Computor it is more difficult to read and access...... So I do not Apologise for going " Off Piste " as it's the only way to raise issues that the Mercury will not Print, or Post when I write to the PostBag or The Editor, as being an Conserative Ex Councillor, and as we are well aware of the Papers Political Alliances to the Left. Now that there is only the one Local Rag, for Bridgwater, freedom of the Press is certainly stifled ........Happy New Year !!!!! Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

8:53am Fri 3 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Theyardy in reply, to your question re the accidents between j17 -j24 Motorway. I have lived here all my life, travelled far, driven regularly to Germany over a35 yr period whilst my Father was alive (RIP )
The problem is that, too many drivers attempt to drive the whole leg of their journey without exchanging drivers or taking the rest stops and getting out of the car, having Coffee etc, stretching their legs taking in fresh air, ie reviving their bodies, being cacooned in a box, warm, with music in the background, diminishing driving conditions, light, weather, etc........Tiredness catches up with you !!!!! Unless you have a passenger who is monitoring your driving with you, ie, when you drift over the Lane cates eyes, the white edge road markings, or you pull out to overtake without proper care and attention.
I'm sure that some of the accidents are caused by the actions of a driver ahead whose actions, cause you to react ,which in turn can create an incident, that the Driver Ahead has no knowledge that their action may have caused what has happened behind.
To finish this thought, yes all drivers should have Motorway Driver Training, but it is not the new young Drivers , I find are the Culpruits, when joining a Motorway from a Slip road, how many times do you have to brake as Motorist on the Motorway have not moved to the Middle Lane to allow the joining traffic to join at 50-60 mph into the first feeder Lane. Most of the bad habits are from the 60-75 age range both Sexes, and I am not being agist.
It is a Fact!!!!! The older persons reactions are much slower and they in General are good drivers, never May be have accidents ,but perhaps cause more than the fair share.........Happy Motoring to us All !!!!!
Theyardy in reply, to your question re the accidents between j17 -j24 Motorway. I have lived here all my life, travelled far, driven regularly to Germany over a35 yr period whilst my Father was alive (RIP ) The problem is that, too many drivers attempt to drive the whole leg of their journey without exchanging drivers or taking the rest stops and getting out of the car, having Coffee etc, stretching their legs taking in fresh air, ie reviving their bodies, being cacooned in a box, warm, with music in the background, diminishing driving conditions, light, weather, etc........Tiredness catches up with you !!!!! Unless you have a passenger who is monitoring your driving with you, ie, when you drift over the Lane cates eyes, the white edge road markings, or you pull out to overtake without proper care and attention. I'm sure that some of the accidents are caused by the actions of a driver ahead whose actions, cause you to react ,which in turn can create an incident, that the Driver Ahead has no knowledge that their action may have caused what has happened behind. To finish this thought, yes all drivers should have Motorway Driver Training, but it is not the new young Drivers , I find are the Culpruits, when joining a Motorway from a Slip road, how many times do you have to brake as Motorist on the Motorway have not moved to the Middle Lane to allow the joining traffic to join at 50-60 mph into the first feeder Lane. Most of the bad habits are from the 60-75 age range both Sexes, and I am not being agist. It is a Fact!!!!! The older persons reactions are much slower and they in General are good drivers, never May be have accidents ,but perhaps cause more than the fair share.........Happy Motoring to us All !!!!! Blue Owl
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

lordgodalmighty says...

probly folk rubbernecking the wicker man and the morrisons store.
probly folk rubbernecking the wicker man and the morrisons store. lordgodalmighty
  • Score: 0

11:02am Sat 4 Jan 14

izanami says...

Hinkley C road impact could be reduced by the use of feeder barges from Avonmouth bringing in infrastructure and build materials. This would of course require forward thinking and planning to have Port handling facilities and a suitable Jetty at Hinkley Point.

Like the Severn Barrage little thought is given to progressive thinking and yet the government consider squandering resources on the White Elephant HS2 High Speed train link which brings little or no benefit to the general public.
Hinkley C road impact could be reduced by the use of feeder barges from Avonmouth bringing in infrastructure and build materials. This would of course require forward thinking and planning to have Port handling facilities and a suitable Jetty at Hinkley Point. Like the Severn Barrage little thought is given to progressive thinking and yet the government consider squandering resources on the White Elephant HS2 High Speed train link which brings little or no benefit to the general public. izanami
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Izanami- There is already provision to enlarge and build the Wharf to enable a lot of the Materials, that otherwise would have needed to use the Highway Infrastructure between Bridgwater and Hinkley Site.
What we are faced with is the additional 800 HGV traffic, the Park& Riide 24/7 buses, carrying workers to the Site. As no Contractor or worker will be allowed to the site in their own vehicles.
So with daily congestion on our existing A and B roads, the Highways will not cope, despite the SCC Highways contention that all will be fine !!!!! I beg to differ and have Launched An E.Gov Petition to raise a 100.000 E Signatures, to get Government, higher than County Council level to re - evaluate the information, that the decisions were based upon.
Why, would it have been deemed necessary 20 years ago for a By- Pass / relief Rd from Dunball over the Parrett to Combwich Wharf....when Hinkley C was proposed then..
How can the need have lessened !??????
David L Preece
Izanami- There is already provision to enlarge and build the Wharf to enable a lot of the Materials, that otherwise would have needed to use the Highway Infrastructure between Bridgwater and Hinkley Site. What we are faced with is the additional 800 HGV traffic, the Park& Riide 24/7 buses, carrying workers to the Site. As no Contractor or worker will be allowed to the site in their own vehicles. So with daily congestion on our existing A and B roads, the Highways will not cope, despite the SCC Highways contention that all will be fine !!!!! I beg to differ and have Launched An E.Gov Petition to raise a 100.000 E Signatures, to get Government, higher than County Council level to re - evaluate the information, that the decisions were based upon. Why, would it have been deemed necessary 20 years ago for a By- Pass / relief Rd from Dunball over the Parrett to Combwich Wharf....when Hinkley C was proposed then.. How can the need have lessened !?????? David L Preece Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

MartinB58 says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme.
As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend....
That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present.
Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!!
We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !!
David L Preece
davidpreece2@aol.co.

uk
Hi Blue Owl. Where and when can we find this petition. Please post a link so those who want to can sign it. May not reduce accidents on the M5 but may potentially impact on local road congestion.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Here we are again, small shunt on the Motorway, causes tailbacks around the routes, even more reason for the Authorities to take a fresh look into the complete lack of joined up thinking, with reference to our Highway infrastructure, as it is @ present and the requirements, of Bridgwaters Road Networks for the next 10 -15 years of the Hinkley C Nuclear Build Programme. As a former District and Town Councillor, I am, with a lot of my former colleagues not convinced in any way that a minor Tweak to a few junctions in the Town, giving a greater Priority to the 800 Lorry HGV Movements a day, with the 24/7 busing of Construction workers to and Fro from The Park and Rides, mix in with the Normal Local economy, our Tourism industry, which is worth £ Millions to our B&b proprietors! and the associated spend.... That is why, I have instigated the E.Gov 100.000 Signature Petition, which will go live next week. So that we can get enough local support to have the Government re- look at the decision as it stands @ present. Please Sign and Support this E Gov Petition........as it seems now to be the only chance for this to be re- Evaluated, B4 it is too Late !!! We in Bridgwater need a Relief Road around the Town and out to Cannington or Combwich.........20 years ago it was Deemed To Be A Necessary Project for the then Proposed New Nuclear Build. Our roads are more congested noe than then, so a direct Road to Hinkley.C is a No Brainer !! David L Preece davidpreece2@aol.co. uk[/p][/quote]Hi Blue Owl. Where and when can we find this petition. Please post a link so those who want to can sign it. May not reduce accidents on the M5 but may potentially impact on local road congestion. MartinB58
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

I am awaiting the link to come to me this week from Central Government, there is a three or four working day delay, whilst they check the validity, of the person, ie me, and that the EGov Petition is correctly worded.

Obviously as soon as it goes live I will make it known 2 all....100.000 signatures required.....
Thank You for your interest in signing.
davidpreece2@aol.co.
uk
I am awaiting the link to come to me this week from Central Government, there is a three or four working day delay, whilst they check the validity, of the person, ie me, and that the EGov Petition is correctly worded. Obviously as soon as it goes live I will make it known 2 all....100.000 signatures required..... Thank You for your interest in signing. davidpreece2@aol.co. uk Blue Owl
  • Score: 4

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