NEWS FROM BRIDGWATER: If situation doesn’t improve, roadworks should be halted says councillor
A LOCAL councillor has said that the well-being of Bridgwater people “needs to come before EDF Energy lorries” on the second day of traffic chaos in the town.
There have been countless comments of frustration and anger by people on social media about the traffic hold-ups in the roadworks around The Drove, Wylds Road and Bristol Road area which started on Tuesday (January 24, 2017) – made worse by problems in St John’s Street due to a burst water pipe.
But Cllr Leigh Redman, who represents Bridgwater at Somerset County Council, said the issues would still be bad regardless of the St John’s Street situation.
And he has now said that unless the situation improves he believes the roadworks should be put on hold to find a better solution.
“The works proposed by EDFe around The Drove and Bristol Road has required major diversions to be put in place for this side of our town,” he said.
“The other issues that occurred on the first day contributed to the mayhem this work is causing.
“But the communications around these works from EDFe has been poor and the impact will be felt by many people living and working in the area.
“They (EDFe) do not have a social media presence and this restricts feedback.
“The impact on Bridgwater of these works will be dramatic regardless of other issues and they need to ensure that flow is maintained to a high level.
“The first two days have caused people to be late for work and has resulted in a doubling or more of journey times, impacting on hundreds of lives.
“I really do hope that this improves or I will be calling for the works to be halted to fully review the position.
“Bridgwater’s residents need to come before the EDFe lorries.”
EDF Energy has said that it hopes that the situation will improve once people get used to the roadworks – something which has not exactly appeased local motorists.
The next batch of junction improvements started in Bridgwater on Bristol Road/The Drove and Wylds Road/The Drove which will see a temporary one-way system in operation for seven months.
The roadworks are being carried out to allow EDF Energy to carry out a “highway upgrade” as part of the development consent order for the new Hinkley Point C.