diversion WILL be introduced during Burnham road closure
busy road between Berrow and Burnham-On-Sea will be closed for
nine days after all - with motorists being diverted along a nine-mile
diversion route, it has been confirmed this week.
Burnham-On-Sea.com reported last
week that Somerset County Council had cancelled its plans
to shut Berrow Road during February while it builds a new pedestrian
crossing there, however Wessex Water has since said that sewer
repairs will be going ahead, requiring the closure after all.
A 22-metre long stretch of Berrow Road, near the junction with
Golf Links Road,
will be closed from February 9th. Somerset County Council will
be introducing a nine-mile diversion around East Brent, shown
in green on the map above.
County Council has this week apologised to residents for the confusion,
with a spokesman telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "In order to
bring both a new pedestrian crossing to the Berrow Road community,
and for important work by Wessex Water to be carried out at the
same time, we had planned to close the road, and introduce a diversion."
further negotiations locally had then meant our work on the pedestrian
crossing could be completed by simply using traffic signals, Wessex
Waters sewer repairs still require a reduced road closure.
This is now expected to run between Monday 9th and Tuesday 17th
on the new pedestrian crossing, which does not require a road
closure, will now start on Monday 23rd February, due to a delay
in the delivery of materials."
apologise for this confusion to residents, and are very grateful
to them for their patience. Any official diversion route has to
follow the same classification of road as that being closed to
ensure it is suitable for all classes of vehicles, such as HGVs."
closure has been criticised by local residents this week. Berrow
Parish Council Clerk Lynn Smith told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday:
"The Wessex Water closure is going to cause a large amount
of disruption for those travelling between Burnham and Berrow
will mean, for example, that parents of children at Berrow School
could have an extra 15-20 minutes of journey time each day for
those living in Burnham. Many people have been in contact with
us at the Parish Council to express how unhappy they are and we
will be sending our comments on to the company."