fears raised over Hinkley construction traffic using Highbridge
fears have been raised this week regarding 'years of disruption'
in Highbridge from large numbers of construction vehicles travelling
through Highbridge on their way to the proposed Hinkley Point
C power station.
Energy announced on Thursday (August 2nd) that it is investing
£3 million on a new scheme in Bridgwater to cut congestion
caused by deliveries to the new Hinkley Point C power station
- but the scheme will not address concerns about increased traffic
using the A38 through Highbridge, pictured.
councillor Chris Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday:
"EDF's traffic controls are being put in place from Dunball
southwards. Many people here in Highbridge are very worried about
the lack of guarantees from EDF regarding construction lorries
thundering through Highbridge on the A38 for several years while
the new power station is built."
has directed money towards modelling traffic flows in and around
Bridgwater but no studies have been carried out on the impact
large vehicles will cause a lot of disruption to the town and
its residents at busy times, especially when the motorway is closed
new scheme announced this week by EDF in Bridgwater will see number
plate recognition cameras being introduced between the M5 and
Hinkley Point to ensure lorries only use designated routes and
delivery times - a scheme that town councillors in Highbridge
feel should be extended to Burnham and Highbridge.
EDF spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fears of large numbers
of Hinkley PointC construction vehicles travelling through Highbridge
are unfounded. Only designated, dedicated freight routes, which
have been agreed with the local highway authority, will be used.
HGV movements to site will be strictly controlled. We will
of course be pleased to further discuss ourtraffic management
plans with local councillors to continue our constructive engagement
with the local community."
Point Construction director Nigel Cann added that the new system
in Bridgwater will "reduce the impact of HGVs on local roads."
recognise the concerns many people have about Hinkley Point C
traffic during construction. Our whole transport strategy is therefore
based on reducing the impact as much as possible by sea, investing
in road improvements and carrying workers to and from site by
Williams said he and other town councillors are set to pursue
the matter further with EDF during a meeting about Hinkley Point
later this month.
Busy scenes along Highbridge's Church Street which councillors
fear will get worse when building work begins at Hinkley Point