M5 upgrade aims to reduce congestion in Burnham area
million is to be spent by the Government to try keep traffic moving
on the M5 motorway through Somerset, which could help to reduce
summer queues in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
work will target 'congestion hot-spots' with technology used to
improve the flow of vehicles at peak times.
million will be spent between junctions 23 at Highbridge and 24
at Bridgwater on a new 'driver information and queue protection
scheme'. A further £7.1 million will be spent between junctions
Minister Andrew Jones says new signs will be built over the motorway
that will display a variable speed limit, like the one pictured
here on the M5 at Bristol.
says: "There will be automatic detection of traffic flows that
then triggers the alorythms that run the signs to change the speeds
and inform the drivers."
work will be completed by spring 2020, say the Government. The improvements
to the M5 through Somerset aim to bring welcome relief for thousands
of holiday motorists as well as local drivers all year-round.
Minister Chris Grayling said the scheme are worth about £110
Harris, Highways England operations director, added: "This
continued investment in our motorways and major roads is bringing
real benefits to communities up and down the country, and we will
continue working with our partners to improve journeys for everyone
who uses our roads."