apology for 47 mile diversion around Highbridge roadworks
County Council has issued an apology to motorists after putting
in place a 47-mile diversion route around a small patch of roadworks
in the centre of Highbridge.
first reported here
that "the UK's longest diversion route" is to be put
in place while a short 680 metre stretch of Church Street is closed
on eight evenings from Monday May 14th for resurfacing.
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.
County Council spokeswoman Elizabeth Kulh told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We 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
Highways Agency won't allow diversion signs on the motorway but
those drivers with Sat Nav will be using the M5 such as lorries
and heavy traffic."
people will probably find their own solutions. The diversion is
really for those few motorists that cannot use the motorway."
resurfacing work is in the evenings and excludes weekends so will
only affect evening drivers during the week. The work has been
timed to avoid the majority of traffic and peak times."
councillor Phil Harvey, pictured holding the diversion map, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This has to qualify as the UK's longest-ever
diversion route. It 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."