for multi-million pound improvements to Burnham's M5 junction
councillors have this week called for millions of pounds of improvements
to Burnham-On-Sea's M5 motorway junction.
want changes introduced to improve traffic flows and reduce queues
and tailbacks at peak times.
say more should be done to ease congestion along Burnham's Queens
Drive every morning as commuters approach the Edithmead roundabout,
and in the evenings on the M5 itself when queues often stretch
back along the hard shoulder at peak times.
Andy Brewer said: "Improvements are definitely needed. The
Highways Agency has admitted that junction 22 is among the worst
in the southern section of the M5."
latest changes to the Edithmead roundabout are not helping the
flow of traffic heading to or from from the motorway."
Cllr Paul Young added: "Junction 22 badly needs improving
- there are now more queues than ever."
layout of the roundabout, right, has recently changed for
the worse. It needs three lanes in both the Burnham and Highbridge
Bill Hancock agreed, adding: "An extra lane going onto the
roundabout would ease a lot of the problems."
Cllr Phil Harvey said the work would be a huge cost, explaining:
"This will be a major multi-million pound project - it's
not something that can be funded locally. We need national funding
to take this forward."
issue was considered during this week's discussions about possible
local infrastructure improvements in Sedgemoor's Local Plan, which
is currently out for consultation.
decided not to seek funding for the M5 improvements at this time
from the local funding, saying that the work should be funded