England 'sorry' as botched resurfacing shuts M5 motorway
England has apologised after the M5 motorway was shut for several
hours on Tuesday (June 26th) after botched overnight resurfacing
work went wrong because of the hot weather.
M5 was closed between junction 21 at Weston-super-Mare and junction
22 for Burnham-On-Sea during the morning rush hour, leading to long
delays for commuters.
England said tarmac on the road had not set because of the high
Page-Dove apologised, saying "there are no excuses - the incident
on the M5 should not have happened".
full investigation will happen to ensure that this never happens
again," he added.
closure caused delays on many local roads close to the motorway
with congestion on main routes through Weston and near Burnham-On-Sea.
commuter said it had taken him three hours to travel from Bristol
to Taunton - a journey that should take about 50 minutes.
a statement, Highways England said essential surfacing work was
delayed by "heavy traffic flows" and delays in supplies
reaching the site.
added that despite reducing the amount of work to be undertaken
"a section of new surfacing had not cooled down enough"
to reopen the road to traffic by 6am, "partly due to early
morning temperatures rising."
sincerely apologise to everyone who was involved in the disruption
this morning and assure them we are doing everything we can to make
sure a delay like this does not happen again," a spokesman
was clearly an error of judgement on our part and we are very disappointed
that this resulted in delays for our customers."