diversion swings into operation during Highbridge roadworks
nights of controversial road closures through the centre Highbridge
are underway this week.
closure of Church Street from 6.30pm to midnight each weekday
evening until May 23rd has hit the headlines because the county
council has put in place a 47-mile diversion route around the
area, which has been dubbed "the UK's longest diversion route".
first reported here
on the diversion last week and the story was picked up by several
County Council's 47.1 mile diversion route has baffled local residents
since it directs motorists on a huge journey taking almost two
hours, passing through Pawlett, Glastonbury, Wells, Rodney Stoke,
Axbridge and East Brent.
Council spokeswoman Elizabeth Kulh told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "We're putting up signs for local people to use the
industrial estate as well as signs for heavy traffic to use the
motorway. We dont believe anyone will use the formal 47
mile round trip but legally we need to have this in place."
apologise for any inconvenience this has caused but it is only
for a short period and only affects the few."
"Because of narrow roads and weak bridges, we can't send
lorries down rural roads. The law requires that we need to divert
traffic on like-for-like roads i.e. an A road for an A road, B