Berrow Road re-opens after six-day closure
Berrow Road re-opened on Sunday (February 15th) after a six-day
road was shut while Wessex Water carried out sewer repairs, causing
disruption to residents and motorists who were diverted around
a nine mile alternative route to get between Berrow and Burnham.
water firm brought in extra staff to finish the job by Sunday
lunchtime, two days earlier than expected, in an effort to minimise
Police were called several times to the roadworks on Saturday,
pictured right, when motorists ignored the road closure
signs and illegally moved barriers to try and pass through the
roadworks. Several coaches passed through on Friday evening
closure was criticised by local residents, businesses and motorists,
with Berrow Parish Council and Burnham Chamber of Trade also airing
its concerns about the timing of the work over the half-term school
station in Berrow Road saw a 66% drop in trade due to the
roadworks, prompting a call for compensation. And a Burnham
fire engine responding to an incident was turned back due to the
roadworks last Thursday.
work to build a new pedestrian crossing in the same area of Berrow
Road is scheduled to begin on 23rd February - although fortunately
that won't require a road closure.