detour may be 'UK's longest-ever roadworks diversion route'
who want to travel through Highbridge next week will be asked
to take a 47-mile diversion across Somerset in what has been described
as "the UK's longest diversion route".
diversion will be put in place while a short stretch of Church
Street is closed on eight evenings from May 14th for resurfacing
Somerset County Council's official diversion route is baffling
local residents since it directs motorists on a huge journey taking
almost two hours.
approaching Highbridge from the south will see signs encouraging
them to turn around and go back along the A38 to Pawlett, then
drive inland along the A39 to Glastonbury and Wells, before travelling
north to Axbridge along the A371 then to Rodney Stoke, before
picking up the A38 at East Brent and travelling southbound to
councillor Phil Harvey, pictured above holding a map of the diversion
route, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "This has to qualify
as the UK's longest-ever diversion route caused by such a minor
set of roadworks."
is just laughable that Somerset County Council really expects
motorists to drive almost 50 miles across the region to avoid
a few hundred metres of road here! There are plenty of shorter,
more sensible, local routes to take."
online mapping facility states the alternative route is 47.1 miles
in length and will take drivers around 1 hour, 43 minutes to complete
- considerably longer than the 30 seconds it usually takes to
drive along the 680 metres of Church Street that will be temporarily
and Highbridge Town Clerk Eileen Shaw said: "The alternative
route might look extreme, but it is being put in place by the
County Council to try and divert motorists, particularly those
with heavy goods vehicles, away from minor roads with weak bridges."
Somerset County Council spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
does seem ridiculous that legally the council has to put this
lengthy diversion in place. In reality we all know that locals
will find alternative short routes and lorry drivers will use
sat nav and use the motorway. We apologise for any inconvenience
this has caused but it is only for a short period and only affects