to hold roadworks over busy summer weekend defended
decision to partially close a busy Burnham-On-Sea road on one
of the busiest weekends of the year for roadworks has been defended.
Road is partially shut this weekend near the town's high lighthouse,
with traffic lights in operation, leading to queues of traffic
heading in and out of Burnham to and from Brean.
Simon Collins, a spokesperson for Wales & West Utilities,
says the work cannot be avoided. "We
are carrying out essential work on the gas network in the Berrow
Road area in Burnham-On-Sea," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
make sure that road users, pedestrians and our work force are
kept safe while we work, we are using temporary traffic lights.
We agreed this with the local highway authority and it means that
we can work while the road remains open and traffic continues
began working on Thursday and will continue until the leak is
fully repaired, working as quickly and safely as possible, with
the minimal level of disruption."
the smell of gas from leaks can be strong when the wind is blowing
in certain directions, the pipe in question has been regularly
monitored and does not pose any safety concerns. We programme
repairs across our network making sure that pipes that are most
in need of repair are given priority. It is now important that
we repair this pipe."
motorist, James Gordon from Birmingham who is visiting Brean,
contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com about the roadworks. "It's crazy
to have roadworks causing disruption on one of the busiest weekends
of the school holidays. The changeover time for the holiday parks
was incredibly busy on Friday morning with long queues."