9-mile diversion around Burnham roadworks is axed
plans to close a busy road in Burnham-On-Sea for a month and introduce
a nine-mile diversion during roadworks have been scrapped.
month that work to build a new pedestrian crossing in Berrow
Road is due to start on February 2nd and will last four weeks.
Somerset County Council also planned to shut the road during the
work and send traffic via a lengthy diversion route around Brent
Parish Council Clerk Lynn Smith told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My
Council was extremely concerned to heard about the closure of
Berrow Road for a period of one month. The
proposed diversion was over nine miles long and this would have
caused huge disruption to the people of north Burnham, Berrow
a spokesperson for the County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week that the need for a closure has been re-thought. "This
new crossing has been a community priority for some time, so we
are pleased to be able to fulfil their wishes. We are happy to
say that we have now agreed a way of completing the scheme without
a road closure, and this is always our aim with any road scheme."
Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, who has campaigned for the
crossing, said: "The timing has been planned to cause the
least disruption on what is clearly a busy road. I am delighted
that we have been given a start date and I am pleased that the
crossing will be in place before the start of the summer holiday
new crossing will be installed on the busy stretch of road outside
the Kathleen Chambers care home, operated by the Royal National
Institute Of The Blind, near the Texaco petrol station.
work was previously delayed after flooding last winter meant higher-priority
road repair schemes had to go ahead first.