MP calls for M5 improvements to halt summer chaos
MP has spoken in Parliament about the need for improvements to
the M5 motorway through the region to minimise the impact of accidents
on the local economy.
Heappey joined other MPs from across the region in calling for
the Government to deliver promised upgrades to the South Wests
Heappey called for improvements to the M5 motorway in order to
reduce the number of times the road is closed due to accidents,
particularly on busy days during the holiday season.
The M5 is closed too often," said Mr Heappey. "Traffic
gets south of Bristol and is too often met with a traffic jam
that closes the road, which has an impact on the visitor economy
not just in Somerset but in Devon and Cornwall."
a Friday evening many restaurants and campsites are left without
their Friday evenings revenue because people are still stuck
in and around Avonmouth on the M5."
Mr Heappey went on to talk about his plans for improvements to
the A39 and A361 so that traffic can flow more smoothly from the
M5 to Mendip.
told fellow MPs that the east-west routes in Somerset are particularly
poor with no main routes between the M4 and M5 to the north and
the A303 and A358 to the south.
warned that Mendip risked "becoming a rock in the stream
as everything moves around it very quickly on the A303 or the
Since the debate, Mr Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com he has also
spoken further with Roads Minister Andrew Jones and representatives
of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership to
discuss funding for a feasibility study. A further briefing has
been arranged with the Minister in April.