to widen road onto Burnham's M5 roundabout to halt queues
councillors have this week called for improvements to be made to
Burnham-On-Sea's busy M5 motorway roundabout amid growing problems
with queues and delays.
changes were made to the Edithmead roundabout's layout and road
markings earlier this year, but town councillors say these have
not helped to improve traffic flows at peak times.
the latest council meeting, they called on Somerset County Council
to consider upgrading the roundabout
David Hoggarth said the problem has been particularly bad over the
summer: "It's been bonkers at certain times - it took me over
half an hour one morning to drive from the Tesco roundabout to the
think widending the B3140 on the approach to the roundabout would
be sensible. The problem is not just a summer holidays issue, it's
very busy at peak commuter times too."
Phil Harvey said "widening the road would help to improve traffic
flows," adding: "We are also keeping up the pressure on
the Highways authority to upgrade the junction."
concerned resident, Jennifer Frazer, also spoke at the meeting,
saying: "There appears to have been an increase in traffic
queuing there. The issues stem from the road being too narrow at
wishing to turn right to go south on the M5 is being trapped in
the longer left lane for the M5 north. This is leading to frequent
incidences where drivers are foolishly driving on the wrong side
of the road on the blind westbound bend to get to the right hand
lane. Would it be possible to widen the B3140 in the vicinity of
a spokesman for Somerset County Council's highways department told
Burnham-On-Sea.com on Wednesday (September 14th): "In order
to carry out major improvements such as those recently completed
at J24 Bridgwater or those planned for J25 Taunton, we first need
to secure external funding."
is increasingly difficult with growing demand from authorities across
the country for reduced pots of money from Government, and it is
usually linked to allowing new growth or development to take place."
bidding process requires us to prove there is a need for improvements
by putting together a comprehensive business case, a process which
in itself takes time and costs money."
this stage, Edithmead has not been identified as a priority for
improvements, however, we are happy to work with the town council
and local community to see if any minor measures could be carried