Travel: Jams causing up to four hours of delays on the M5, A370 and A38

PUBLISHED: 15:23 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:12 04 August 2017

Weston-super-Mare's roads are gridlocked due to an accident on the M5.

Weston-super-Mare's roads are gridlocked due to an accident on the M5.


The M5 is at a standstill and there is gridlock around Weston-super-Mare, with drivers also experiencing queues on the A38 and the A370.

Problems on the M5 northbound

There are currently four hours of delays on the M5 northbound in Somerset today (Friday), with much of the motorway at a standstill.

An accident which involved two lorries took place shortly after 5.30am. It meant two lanes of the northbound carriageway between Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon had to be closed following a fuel spill.

Two lanes remain closed while Highways England carries out emergency resurfacing on the motorway. The northbound sliproad at Weston (junction 21) is also closed.

Tailbacks are stretching all the way to junction 26 of the M5, at Wellington.

Highways England is telling people who are travelling north from Devon and Cornwall to consider taking alternative routes.

Delays on the M5 southbound

Traffic is moving on the southbound carriageway of the M5, but slowly.

There are heavy queues from junction 18 (Avonmouth) until junction 21 (Weston) where traffic then eases.

There was an accident between junction 20 (Clevedon) and junction 21 (Weston) earlier today, which is partly to blame for the delays.

A38 queues

Those seeking alternative routes heading north from Devon and Cornwall will no doubt not enjoy the news that there are severe delays on the A38.

Highways England shows there are long queues, due to volume of traffic, on the A38 from where it meets junction 27 of the M5 at Tiverton all the way up to Bristol.

Anyone flying from Bristol Airport may want to allow additional time for their journey.

Tailbacks on the A370

The A370 from Drove Road, in the centre of Weston, is gridlock up until junction 21. The picture does not improve past the motorway junction, with queues stretching all the way to Congresbury.

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