Tailbacks near M5

Tailbacks near M5

Tailbacks near M5

First published in News

ROADWORKS on a main road near Bridgwater have caused two-mile tailbacks almost back to the M5.

Angry drivers got stuck in long queues on Monday on Puriton Hill after getting off the motorway at junction 23 heading into Bridgwater town centre.

These were caused by roadworks and temporary traffic lights along the A39 at Bawdrip, outside the Knowle Inn, which started at around 8am and finished about 2pm.

The landlord of the pub, Toby Last, said he was annoyed that he had been given no advance warning of the chaos these would cause.

He said: “I have lost trade today as we had a few bookings and these people couldn’t get to us as they were stuck in traffic.

“One lady customer told me that it took her an hour to get from the motorway to the pub.

The journey is usually about a mile. It was just chaos.”

Another motorist, the Mercury’s Rebecca Jones, who got stuck on Puriton Hill trying to get into work at around 11am, said: “I thought there had been an accident as it took me about an hour to get into Bridgwater town centre from the M5.”

Somerset County Council added: “It was planned for a Monday morning which I think most people would expect to be the quietest part of the week for a pub.”

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10:54am Wed 20 Aug 14

finnmacool says...

What an arrogant comment from the Somerset County Council employee. Perhaps he should stop and think what it would be like if he didn't have a guaranteed salary, pension etc.
What an arrogant comment from the Somerset County Council employee. Perhaps he should stop and think what it would be like if he didn't have a guaranteed salary, pension etc. finnmacool
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11:23am Wed 20 Aug 14

Blue Owl says...

One would have thought that the most appropriate time for essential highway work to be completed, would be in the evening from say 7 pm until the work was completed. I would have thought would have been a better timing to complete this work.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
One would have thought that the most appropriate time for essential highway work to be completed, would be in the evening from say 7 pm until the work was completed. I would have thought would have been a better timing to complete this work. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 8

1:01pm Wed 20 Aug 14

LookingForLiars says...

It took them 6 days to put a sign up out side Palace night club telling the rate payers that the lane priorities had changed. Mean while lots of people getting confused about both lanes trying to go straight up into West street. But ha ho its the council and they can do what ever they like without redress. Get used to it !
Even with the sign people are still getting it wrong. Beware.
It took them 6 days to put a sign up out side Palace night club telling the rate payers that the lane priorities had changed. Mean while lots of people getting confused about both lanes trying to go straight up into West street. But ha ho its the council and they can do what ever they like without redress. Get used to it ! Even with the sign people are still getting it wrong. Beware. LookingForLiars
  • Score: 2

1:43am Fri 22 Aug 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Blue Owl wrote:
One would have thought that the most appropriate time for essential highway work to be completed, would be in the evening from say 7 pm until the work was completed. I would have thought would have been a better timing to complete this work.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
That is to much like common sense.

Even on the new road to Kings Down, the footpath is being repaired, but this is done in the evening when not many people are using it. Now that is common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: One would have thought that the most appropriate time for essential highway work to be completed, would be in the evening from say 7 pm until the work was completed. I would have thought would have been a better timing to complete this work. David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]That is to much like common sense. Even on the new road to Kings Down, the footpath is being repaired, but this is done in the evening when not many people are using it. Now that is common sense. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 2

1:45am Fri 22 Aug 14

Three Pots Derek says...

finnmacool wrote:
What an arrogant comment from the Somerset County Council employee. Perhaps he should stop and think what it would be like if he didn't have a guaranteed salary, pension etc.
Who's getting personal?
[quote][p][bold]finnmacool[/bold] wrote: What an arrogant comment from the Somerset County Council employee. Perhaps he should stop and think what it would be like if he didn't have a guaranteed salary, pension etc.[/p][/quote]Who's getting personal? Three Pots Derek
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