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Kingston St Mary road closure leads to 'frustration' and 'chaos'
A ROAD closure near Taunton is causing chaos, according to one resident who lives nearby.
The roadworks on Kingston Road at Lower Marsh Farm are in place to allow for a cable duct to be installed forasolar farm.
Somerset County Council scheduled the road closure for five weeks until early October and the work is being carried out by solar company Profolia.
But Trevor Heaynes, who lives close to the works, said traffic has been a nightmare.
He told the County Gazette: “It is absolute chaos – there are no traffic lights and people are using a single lane track so when they meet in the middle, people have to reverse and there have already been accidents.
“Why can’t the road works beaone-way system like at Staplegrove or even better, be done overnight.
“Drivers have been getting out of their cars and shouting at each other in frustration – it is crazy.
“We just feel like going to Bridgwater if we need to go to the shops because Taunton is a nightmare for traffic and roadworks at the moment.
“People have got to get to work and with the schools going back soon the roads are going to be even worse.”
A spokesman for Profolia said installing traffic lights was not a safe option because of the large equipment they have on the site.
They added: “The scheduled road closure was given to us for 30 days but we are working over the weekends and hope to finish in the next week or two ahead of schedule so this would minimise the length of disruption.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman said this is an unusual case as there are very few suitable alternatives to using local roads.
They added: “Normally, diversion routes are kept on the same class of road which would have meant driving an extra 20 miles.
“We carefully worked out how best to manage traffic around Lower Marsh Farm and are happy with the diversion we set. The local schools, emergency services and bus companies were all informed in advance as usual and we have no plans to alter it in any way.
“We can appreciate there are some pinch points in small areas, therefore we have put in place daily monitoring of the site with Somerset County Council inspectors.
“On the rare occasions when we need to use a lesser class of road foradiversion we advise people to drive appropriately and be prepared to reverse if necessary.
“We are hoping the closure will last less than the advertised five weeks.”
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